Charles Dickens Had a Point

6 Dec

Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol 170 years ago, but he may as well have written it today. As I read the Mickey Mouse version to my four-year old last night, I really started thinking about Scrooge’s friend, Jacob Marley, and how in death he dragged around the chains of his life.

Both Scrooge and Marley craved exorbitant amounts of wealth and felt very little compassion for the sick or poor. They hoarded their earnings like squirrels with their nuts.

As Scrooge flies around at night with all of the spirits, he learns how his concern with wealth not only drove away all of his loved ones but inhibited him from experiencing true happiness. Moreover, he practically malnourished the Cratchit children to death by paying his employee such pathetic wages.

After reading bedtime stories and tucking in the boys, I watched a very un-Oscar-worthy movie on the Hallmark channel about a mom who always thought she wanted to be rich, so she somehow climbs through her dryer into a world of wealth and luxury but void of true love. She spends the holiday season going to parties and drinking champagne but feeling very empty and unfulfilled. Ultimately, she desperately wants to go back to her old life where she struggled to pay the bills but had a loving family and simple pleasures.

During this holiday season, I encourage all of us to absorb the message Dickens was trying to convey. Find happiness and comfort in our hearts, in people, in love, in family. And perhaps most importantly, in ourselves.

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13 Responses to “Charles Dickens Had a Point”

  1. The Rebel Chick December 7, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    I think this is such an important message during the holidays, but really, it’s something we should focus on all year long!

  2. Marvelous Mommy December 7, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    Wow that’s so true! And I agree, we should focus on that all year long! It’s so easy to lose sight of what’s truly important sometimes!

  3. kim December 7, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    Very well said. I love that movie and hope to catch a glimpse of it this year too.

  4. Estelle Sobel Erasmus December 7, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

    I read recently in the NY Times that the millenials are focusing on having a life with meaning and not just things.

  5. Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? December 8, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    Yes, a great message! People really don’t get how good they have it until they have it another way and it’s so much worse.

  6. sippycupmom December 8, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    Great message, I completely agree! It’s all about friends and family – we just watched the Mickey version too!

  7. Dawn Lopez (@dawnchats) December 8, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    It’s a timeless point of view! Thanks for the reminder of the importance of embracing the positive not only for the holidays.. but always!

  8. Healy Harpster December 9, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    Those greedy people should read this because money does not bring real happiness in life, it brings trouble.

  9. Debi December 9, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    That sounds like an …. interesting… movie. I agree it is so important that we embrace family and happiness during the holidays.

  10. Charlotte Webber December 9, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    People forget this very valid point & are very much distracted by all the clever marketing designed to push us to spend & eat more. Lets bring it back to this point people! Thank you for reminding us what we need to focus on to be truly happy. Enjoy Christmas with the focus on family & friends. Great blog post.

  11. Chrishelle Ebner December 9, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    I agree that A Christmas Carol definitely has a great message for the Christmas season. There is way too much emphasis on gifts. We need to remember relationships are the most important gift.

  12. omgitschelsea December 10, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    Climbs through her dryer…….sounds like a wonderful movie right off the bat, hahaha. I do totally agree with your point though!

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