Being the well-known fictional
(and public domain) character that he is, Scrooge
gets used quite a bit during the holiday season
to hawk all kinds of merchandise. Invariably, he
is portrayed as being made happy by their
product, showing that they have completely missed
the message in his story. "Oh, Scrooge would
have been a nicer, happier person if he had eaten
our cereal, drank our whiskey, or relaxed in our
recliner!" I think Dickens would not have
approved. But it's interesting seeing these
various uses and mis-uses of our favorite
images to view larger size.) Scanned from a 1971 copy of "Life"
Scanned from a 1986 magazine.
One of the worst offenders is this TV ad from Honey nut Cheerios that suggests that all Scrooge really needed was a bowl of their cereal to change his life forever!
A more recent commercial that uses Dicken's characters to hawk their stuff:
This one suggests that Scrooge wasn't a miserable person, just a sick one... boy, was Dickens confused about what was ailing Scrooge!
tree is decorated with bright merriment, and
song, and dance, and cheerfulness. And they are
welcome. Innocent and welcome be they ever held,
beneath the branches of the Christmas Tree, which
cast no gloomy shadow!" -Charles Dickens
So writes Charles
Dickens concerning a tradition that even in his
day was precious. Enjoy his story, "The Christmas Tree," as he recollects the joy it brought to
can be insensible to the outpourings of good
feeling, and the honest interchange of
affectionate attachment, which abound at this
season of the year? A Christmas family-party! We
know nothing in nature more delightful! There
seems a magic in the very name of
Christmas." -Charles Dickens
The family seated
around the Christmas dinner table is a treasured
time that becomes forever etched in our hearts.
Enjoy Dicken's story, "A Christmas Dinner," as he relates the joys it brings.
friend, lost child, lost parent, sister, brother,
husband, wife, we will not so discard you! You
shall hold your cherished places in our Christmas
hearts, and by our Christmas fires; and in the
season of immortal hope, and on the birthday of
immortal mercy, we will shut out Nothing!" -Charles Dickens
In his short
story, "What Christmas Is
As We Grow Older," Dickens encourages us to not forget the past joys
and loves we have known, in order to shut out the
pain of loss. Rather, we defeat the loss by
celebrating the memories of times and people once
close to us.
children, I am very anxious that you should know
something about the History of Jesus Christ. For
everybody ought to know about Him." -Charles
forgot the Source of the holiday cheer he spread
with his writings, or the meaning of the silent
night in Bethlehem so long ago. In this excerpt
from his private story written for his children,
"The Life of Our Lord," Dickens
explains simply in his own words "The Christmas Story."
and Film Versions
Information about the 1951 version with
Alastair Sim, with photos, comparisons to the
novel and excerpts from the soundtrack.
Information about the 1939
radio version produced
by Orson Welles and starring Lionel Barrymore.
Information about the BBC radio version starring Michael Gough.Also the 1975
CBS Radio Mystery Theater version starring E.G.