I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round—apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that—as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.” -Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol (1843)
I recently read A Christmas Carol for the first time. I have seen multiple adaptations of the story over the years, and I would bet that most people know Scrooge’s tale from memory. Nevertheless, it was interesting to go back to the original book for the language and to try to view it with new eyes. After all, Charles Dickens could never have imagined the impact his story would have.
The quote above, said by Ebeneezer Scrooge’s nephew early in the book, is a positive, insightful perspective on Christmas. Despite the cold and darkness of December, there’s a feeling at this time of year that people can be more friendly and accepting of others.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!