Try as we might, it’s impossible to remove the great big cheesy grin from our face. We’ve officially completed the final part of A Christmas Carol and honestly, has there ever been a more rewarding conclusion in all of literature? We think not. The transformation within Ebenezer Scrooge is both significant and inspirational. One thing’s for sure, Jacob Marley doesn’t mess around when choosing his team of personal motivators (we haven’t seen results of this magnitude since the noble work of SNL’s Matt Foley...)
It’s easy to share Scrooge’s excitement and sense of urgency as we read about his many acts of kindness throughout Stave 5. The act of sending the turkey to the Cratchit home incognito and the act of overwhelming the two charity workers were both done with a wonderful childlike enthusiasm. Most of all we loved Scrooge’s wishful scheme to catch Bob late to work just so his new nature could be all the more appreciated. Bravo Scrooge! And bravo to all those who keep Christmas well!
Editor’s Note: Added to this year’s required reading was the viewing of the 1999 television adaptation of A Christmas Carol starring Patrick Stewart. We highly recommend this version and are always impressed with its loyalty to the book and the phenomenal performance by Stewart.