Sunday, December 2, 2018

"Happy Birthday, A Christmas Carol"

One of the most endearing and beloved Holiday tales, A Christmas Carol, celebrates its 175th birthday this year. Published in December of 1843, Charles Dickens’ tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge.





On Christmas Eve, after visits from the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, and three other “spirits,” Scrooge is transformed from a selfish, bitter, greedy man into a kind, generous, compassionate human being.



Over the years several historians have suggested that Dickens based aspects of the Ebenezer Scrooge character on his own father, a man whose  passion for money landed him a stint in Debtor’s prison.  But, others have considered A Christmas Carol to be the author’s take on the British elite class and its views on poverty and those forced to live within it. By creating the character of Tiny Tim, who melted the ice surrounding Scrooge’s heart, Dickens sent a message of a need for kindness,  unselfishness, and assistance to those struggling to survive.

Ironically, as Dickens sat penning A Christmas Carol, I’m sure he had no idea the affect his story would have on the world throughout the years, the many reprints, plays, movies, and television shows resulting from his work.




Or that one day Donald Duck would appear as Ebenezer Scrooge in my favorite movie version, Mickey's Christmas Carol.

Buy Links:

Book, A Christmas Carol

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Carol-Charles-Dickens/dp/1503212831/

Barnes & Noble:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-christmas-carol-charles-dickens/1116639901?


DVD, Mickey's Christmas Carol

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Mickeys-Christmas-Carol-30th-Anniversary/dp/B00DGWZK0Y/

Barnes & Noble:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dvd-mickeys-christmas-carol-alan-young/3909823?


Considering how many movie versions have been made over the years, do you have a favorite? Or thoughts on how A Christmas Carol has remained a Holiday staple for so many years?

Have a great week, Everyone!



(holiday photo c/o facebook.com/elfrethsalleymuseum)

8 comments:

  1. Calvin loved Charles Dickens and often remarked that publishers wouldn't touch some of his now famous works. He was able to get newspapers to publish installments of his stories as serials and how it increased the paper's circulation as well as giving him name recognition. We all have to start somewhere...somehow.

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    1. Wow -- very interesting historical facts, Vonnie. Thanks for visiting today and sharing.

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  2. I used to work at Actors' Theatre of Louisville. Each year they'd put on a Christmas Carol. They'd have a different actor each year portray Scrooge. It was always interesting to see how each actor put his own stamp on Scrooge.

    I remember the last spirit getting his long trailing garments stuck in the turntable stage. He never broke character and managed to rip his clothing out of the turntable before he was pulled off his stilts and all without saying a word. Bravo.

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    1. I would like to think the "spirit" received a standing ovation (smile!). Thanks, Morgan, for stopping by today

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  3. Wow! I had no idea that's been around so long, but I agree that there sure are tons of versions that have been made into cool movies over the years. Hope your week is going well! Hugs...RO

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    1. Hope your week is a good one, too, RO! Thanks for stopping by today.

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    1. An enjoyable story even when we're not in the Christmas season. Thanks, Kim, for visiting today.

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