Christmas Specials

I do enjoy the Christmas specials on TV at this time of year. I’m amazed at all of the versions of “A Christmas Carol” there are. What is it about that story that transcends time and place? There’s the classic with Alastair Sims, the musical Scrooge with Albert Finney. Patrick Stewart did a one-man show.  There’s the Muppet’s Christmas Carol and Bill Murray’s Scrooged. And there are all the cartoon versions with Mr. Magoo, Mickey Mouse, the Jetsons, the Flintstones, and even a dog version. What is it that makes the story a classic? I think the story connects with people, no matter what time period it is set in, because we all wonder what our lives would have been like if we had made different decisions along the way. Hopefully we look back and think, “Yes, I’m glad I did that.” But I think there is also a lot of “I wish I had done that.” What I come away with from watching “A Christmas Carol” is that it’s never too late to change. That the decisions you have made in the past don’t have to control your future. You can set a different course for yourself. I think it’s the theme that makes it a classic. It’s as relevant today as it will be in the years to come.

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