A Christmas Carol


All of us have customs and traditions at Christmas.  It never feels like Christmas to me if I haven’t dipped into A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.   The story is well-known to most of you and basically tells of a selfish old miser, known as Ebernezer Scrooge, who loathes Christmas.  Through the visitation of the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future, however, he is a changed man forever.


I love the wonderful descriptions of Christmas festivities.  There is the rich description of all the Christmas treats surrounding the jolly bearded ghost of Christmas present sat within his grotto of holly, mistletoe and ivy.  The description of the merry Christmas dinner enjoyed by the Cratchit family sets impossibly high standards of jollity and enthusiasm for the rest of us.  As some of you know Dickens’ dining room table resides at the Old Rectory, Crowhurst, so he probably ate several Christmas dinners on it.


I also love the fact that Scrooge is reminded by the visit of the spirits what he used to be when he was a young man.  He was once kind, loving and generous until a golden idol took over his life.   The three Spirits show him that he can change, start again and he does.


I’ve often heard people say that Christmas is for children. ‘It is good’ for us all ‘to be children sometimes,’ comments Dickens ‘and never better than at Christmas when its mighty Founder was a child himself.’


Christmas celebrates that God is born as a little child so that He might draw close to us.  He came so that we might begin again like children and find His peace, love, joy and forgiveness.  Eberneezer Scrooge found all of that and this present remains on offer to all of us.


A blessed Advent to you all and a happy Christmas when it comes,


Father Michael



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