Merry Meet friends! I am in the middle of enjoying a quiet Christmas Eve at home. My hubby Jim, daughter Sara, and brother Chris enjoyed a less busy day today. Football, holiday movies, an all day fire in the fireplace. My sister came by for a while. Tonight we enjoyed a variety of appetizers for a simple dinner. It is cold outside, an ink black starry sky as it is the New Moon, and it’s been just awonderful day in every way. Tomorrow, it will still be just us…. until the evening when all the rest of the family will be here for Christmas dinner. During the day there will be music playing, fire going, cooking, and fine tuning the house for company. Our gift giving day isn’t until monday morning for my family so we still have to wait for that (to accomodate my daughter Kate’s family and all the functions they are expected at…we pick a different day altogether!) I love that things are under control and I can really enjoy these days and evenings. My cup runneth over with peace and joy this night :)
As a simple way to give all of YOU a gift…I’m going to repost my favorite post I’ve done for Christmas in the past. It still pertains to today very much! Merry Christmas to you all dear friends! and to your loved ones!!
Today I watched “A Christmas Carol”…my all time favorite book and movie…all versions..ever! Today happened to be the musical version..which I happen to think is excellent. Has Kelsey Grammar as Scrooge and many wonderful British and American stars. My favorite version..for the record..is probably George C. Scott…he was a most excellent Scrooge! Or maybe Patrick Stewart…or maybe even the Muppets and Michael Caine :) I love all the versions..even the bad ones…because I adore the story so much!!
“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone!”
I am sure many of you will recognize this quote. I am a huge lover of Charles Dickens and I think he writes beautifully and from the heart and his words are still ringing true all these years later. He was indeed teaching a lesson in this Novella. What is the lesson? I would imagine most people would say the same thing…”goodwill towards men”. I see it as more than that.
My understanding is that Dickens was appalled at the poverty he saw around him, and that the middle and upper class were doing nothing to help them at all. His Scrooge talks about the work houses and the programs set up by the government to aid the impoverished…but it was nowhere near enough. He wrote this book to open the eyes of those who were not “seeing” what needed to be done. For people to open their hearts and their wallets to help the less fortunate and it would make them happier and more blessed in their own life.
As a pagan witch, I believe that God/Goddess, the Universe, the Creator, whatever you believe in… put us here to learn lessons..with the ultimate goal being LOVE. Our goal in life should be to discover that..LOVE. And to love means to care for our “fellow man”. To me, “goodwill towards Men” means just that. We should love our family and friends as I’m sure we do. But we should also love those we don’t know, help those who need it, love and care for Mother Earth and the creatures who inhabit Her… No judgement, no greed, no setting standards for others in our own minds, equality for all, acceptance of all religions, courtesy, kindness….Love.
To me, Dickens hit the nail on the head so to speak…he saw a vision of how the world should be. More of us could learn from Scrooge’s Christmas Eve night. Scrooge was not an evil man..he was afraid. His father did time in debtors prison..causing him to have to slave in a work house at 11 years old. He never wanted to do that again..but he lost track of his self, his soul..so focused was he on never being poor. Hoarding his money, working long hours, never enjoying the money he had; even for himself. He didn’t have a relationship with anyone except his business partner, Marley. He lived a very “poor” life in every way…because of his fear. Until he learned what dying a lonely old man would truly be like..did he become a truly rich man.
There are many positive wonderful characters in this book..I love so many of them. Old Fizziwig, who gave a huge party, sparing no expense, to show his gratitude to his employees. There is the clerk, Bob Cratchit, so lowly in Scrooge’s eyes, but greatly loved by his large poverty stricken family, especially Tiny Tim. Then there is Fred, Scrooge’s endearing nephew. He was the epitome of a good man who’s life was abundant in family, friends, love , joy, and blessings. He showed love at every turn. All he wanted from Uncle Scrooge was for him to come to Christmas Day dinner. He came every year and requested it every year. He never gave up on him. and when Scrooge had his life altered…he welcomed him with open arms..holding no grudge for all the years of rejection. Though he was not a rich man…he was rich in every other way. I don’t know about you..but I want to be like Fred….I want to be rich in friends. I want to be rich in experiences. I want to be rich in appreciation for the blessings that come to my life. At the end of my days, I want to know that there will be people who will mourn my passing for all the right reasons..that I LOVED! This is the lesson that Scrooge learned..luckily while he could have some time to truly appreciate it.
The version I talked about above..the musical…has a song in it that is the main theme song thruout the movie. I have looked up the lyrics because I love the song so much..it brings tears to my eyes everytime I hear it.
God Bless Us Everyone
Let the Stars in the sky
remind of us Man’s compassion.
Let us love til we die
and God Bless us everyone.
In your heart there’s a light
As bright as a Star in heaven
Let it shine thru the night and
God Bless Us Everyone.
Till each child is fed
Till all men are free
Till the world becomes a family…….
Star by Star in the sky
and kindness by human kindness.
Let me love til I die and…
God Bless us everyone!
Look into your own Past, Present, and even into your Future. Have you done well by others? Can you do better? I think I can ALWAYS do better. Something to strive for everyday. A Christmas Carol will always mean a lot to me…and I will try to keep Christmas in my heart all year long. and as Tiny Tim says……God or Goddess! Bless Us Every One!!
Blessed Be and Merry Christmas! Autumn