Just on a whim, today I re-read Dickens' A Christmas Carol. It never stales. I paid more attention than usual to how descriptively Dickens writes, and how economically he advances the story. Wouldn't it have been amazing to hear him read his own stories when he toured the United States so long ago? Today proved a good time to cuddle up on the couch and spend Christmas with Tiny Tim.
Tomorrow I'm going to hunt out our DVD of A Christmas Carol, starring George C. Scott as Scrooge. Our family regards this as the best film presentation of the story, hands down. If you haven't seen this version, do try and track it down over the Christmas season. The supporting cast are excellent, even though I can't remember any names! But George C. Scott elevates this film to a high level that other versions don't. (Do any of you remember watching "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol" way back when? Oh Lord.) As he follows the three Spirits through the visions of Christmases Past, Present, and Future, Scott delivers a masterful presentation of the terrified, haunted, and repentant Scrooge. Scott brings Scrooge to life more realistically than other actors I have seen. Once you've watched him awaken on Christmas Day, overwhelmed with joy and delirious with happiness, you won't settle for any other film presentation of this universally beloved story. I never tire of watching it. I urge you to add it to your holiday film list. You won't be sorry! And God bless us, every one.