Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Christmas Carol




"Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grind- stone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin. He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dogdays; and didn't thaw it one degree at Christmas." - from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Whether it be Mickey's Christmas Carol, the classic Albert Finney rendition or even those performed by the folks on The Muppet Show, Family Ties, WKRP in Cinncinati or even on the stony grounds of Bedrock. . .there are countless versions of Dickens' classic tale for Christmas enthusiasts to enjoy. If you're a purist, however, I reckon you'll revisit the original text sometime before the 25th of December bids adieu. And you know what that means: a cup of hot chocolate, cheery company and a bit of hope.

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