Merry Christmas

It seems like every year Christmas Day is my schedule post day so I can bid you festive salutations.

Of course if you don’t celebrate Christmas then just close you eyes and randomly press keys on your keyboard until this Christmas message goes away.

I wanted to muse on Scrooge.  Scrooge, as you may recall, is the protagonist of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  I’ve read and enjoyed the book a few times. If you haven’t read the book you can see anyone of about 7,000 films and TV programmes.  The Muppet’s Christmas Carol, Scrooged with Bill Murray, and A Christmas Carol from 1984 with George C Scott are some of the best.

You probably know the story of rich misanthrope Ebeneezer Scrooge who is visited by three spirits (actually 4 but who’s counting).  He’s shown his past with his cold and distant father, the present with the ill Tiny Tim, and the future where he dies and is consigned to Hell. Through this visitation he is transformed into a kind and generous man full of Christmas Spirit.

The key message should be that Christmas Spirit is generosity to your fellow man (or woman).  And that it’s never too late to change. Scrooge’s transformation is celebrated by the fair old city of London,

He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew

And yet we continue to use the name Scrooge as a derogatory name for people who fail to be sufficiently joyous at Christmas time (so from about Sept until halfway through January). Why don’t we use the name Scrooge to describe the man he became rather than the man he was? I guess because Dickens spent so long convincing us that he was a big ole meany, and once he’s changed the story kinda just stops.  Still just something to ponder on.

Also why do we put pressure on people to be jolly during, what can be, a difficult, tiring, stressful time of year? I’ve done it, and I’ll do it in the future I’m sure.  I get very annoyed at people complaining about Christmas shopping, people who start they’re Christmas shopping on December 18th or something, people that complain about how busy the shops are on a Saturday afternoon in December, people who complain because they hate Christmas and all the people they have to shop for. The same people that mocked me and my spreadsheet back in October.  Don’t blame the season for your lack of planning!

But still the true spirit of season is not shopping, presents, or Christmas jumpers but generosity to our fellow men and women (and everyone else) and sometimes that means if they don’t want to wear a Santa hat then don’t make them!

Merry Christmas Everyone!