The Christmas season has begun. We hear the lilting carols, see the glittering decorations, and find ourselves bombarded by the ads. With all the hype which seems way too much, it would be easy to say Bah! Humbug! like Ebenezer Scrooge in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. What does Scrooge have to do with the story of Jesus’ coming anyway? At first glance, not much.
Yet as the bell tolls in the story and the ghosts visit Scrooge, he begins to see the ways he is miserly and bitter. He discovers the ways he lacks compassion for the needy and is unforgiving to others. Even though we don’t want to admit it, there is a bit of Scrooge in all of us.
At the end, we find that Scrooge’s life is changed so that he “knew how to keep Christmas well.” Living Christmas well is to be filled with love, compassion, forgiveness, and joy with each person in every situation. That’s living like Christ. Don’t we all want to keep Christmas well each and every day? Maybe we can learn something from Scrooge after all in being more like Christ.
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