Mr. Scrooge / Sr. Scrooge

Mr. Scrooge

Once upon a time, on a cold Christmas Eve, Mr. Scrooge was sitting in his counting house, watching his clerk in the cell beyond. Suddenly, a cheerful voice cried Merry Christmas, Uncle! The bearer of this voice was a bright-eyed and handsome fellow, Mr. Scrooge’s nephew.

Merry Christmas! What right have you to be merry? You’re poor enough, said Mr. Scrooge.

And what right have you to be dismal? – answered his nephew – You’re rich enough.

What’s Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer; a time for balancing your books and having every item in ‘em through a round dozen of months presented dead against you?

We all know how The Christmas Carol ends. After being visited by three ghosts, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future, Mr. Scrooge realized the error of his ways and woke up on Christmas Day full of excitement. He bought the biggest turkey in the store and spent the day with his nephew, embracing the spirit of Christmas.

Unique Thinking

When this tale came to me some decades ago, I felt sorry for Mr. Scrooge. His loneliness and sadness developed my empathy, and the child in me cheered when I read that he finally realized that this time of year is worth sharing with the people you love.

In addition to empathy, I now see things differently. It seems to me that this story and the general feeling about this time of year compels us to be happy. The storytelling around Christmas builds a world of joy and love, with no room for almost any other emotion.

It’s as if people are not allowed to be sad, angry, disappointed, or afraid. As a result, if they ever dare to feel that way, they are forced to hide and put on a big smile so as not to disturb the feeling and let others enjoy the time.

But in my opinion, this is the opposite of what love is. Love is about respect and appreciation, even when the person does not think, feel, or behave the way we think they should. Love is about making room for everyone to be who they are, not who we want them to be.

So, let me stand up for Mr. Scrooge and all the people who don’t feel the joy of the season.

And may you have a…

Happy

Sad

Boring

Exciting

Annoying

Playful

Lonely

Busy

Valued

                        Christmas!

With love.

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