This month we’ll be talking about a couple different things, mostly the topics of hope and Christmas. We’ll be taking an in-depth look at the stories of Scrooge and Jesus and what their stories can teach us for Christmas today, plus sharing thoughts on hope in our lives and the new year. Today we begin our look at Scrooge. If you remember him, he’s the main character in Charles’ Dickens “A Christmas Carol.” He’s a grump, cares only about money and doesn’t show any favors to anyone. In the story he’s visited by his dead partner’s ghost and then 3 more ghosts (the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future) and as a result his life totally changes.
Today we’re looking at the first part of Scrooge’s story. When we’re introduced to Scrooge we are immediately told that he’s an unlikable character. He’s mean and nasty, inconsiderate, very stingy with his money, and on a mission to make as much money as possible, no matter who it hurts. Good writers make you love or hate a character either when you meet them or through the early development of the story, and you definitely don’t like Scrooge from the get-go. You may ask why he is as he is, and as we visit his past we learn that much of who he is was shaped by his childhood experiences and what his mentors (including his first ghost) taught him. In our initial meeting it’s clear that Scrooge is a humbug, an unhappy person, and generally disliked.
Just like Scrooge our pasts have helped mold us into the person we are today, it may be the recent past or the long past, but it’s affected us, and who we are affects others. What impression of you do others have? Do they see you as a humbug, someone to avoid, or an ‘evil person’? What is your nickname around the office or the family? That can be a good indication of how people perceive you.
Do you like how you are towards others and what others think of you? If not, the holiday season is a great time to turn over a new leaf.