I did NOT get the part of Ebenezer Scrooge in my grade school musical. No, that went to my best friend John Barber, the son of the local congregational minister. I was one of two “portly gentlemen” who come to Scrooge’s counting house asking for a donation to help the poor. Scrooge tells them to get lost. That’s my acting career – no, your voice isn’t good enough for this part and get lost! I did however illustrate the program cover. I still have my drawing of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come pointing out Scrooge’s name on the tombstone. I’ve been enthralled by the story ever since.
British Unitarian Charles Dickens’ story “A Christmas Carol in Prose” has remained a popular tale since its publication in 1843. I believe we continue to be drawn to the story not for the feeling of Christmas cheer it evokes with its happy ending, but because we connect on an intimate and visceral level with its central character. All of us can relate to being Ebenezer Scrooge.