While one of the most famous Christmas stories of all time, Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol sometimes comes under criticism for weakly addressing the problem of poverty. The complaint goes like this: Ebenezer Scrooge is but one person who learns an individual lesson, and that lesson is for private individuals to be a bit more charitable. One day a year. Thus, the Dickens classic tosses a breadcrumb to the poor, but doesn’t do a thing to address serious social ills. A sentimental tale, but a moral flop. Continue reading
Ebenezer Scrooge hated Christmas.
“Every idiot who goes about with a ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.”
But that was back in the Victorian era, when Christmas was a small holiday that involved cheer, giving, and caroling. Not like today. Continue reading
“Christmas is a holiday that persecutes the lonely, the frayed, and the rejected” -Jimmy Cannon
Ebenezer Scrooge and the Grinch who stole Christmas have since reformed their ways and now attend a former Christmas villain support group. They both arrive a little early. This is their conversation:
Grinch: So, ‘Nezer, how’s the credit union management goin’ for ya?
Scrooge: Great. I’m glad I left before Marley and Farley was acquired by Goldman Sachs. Now there’s a name right out of a Dickens novel if I ever heard one. How does it feel to be the first Green Santa?
G: Inspirational. I really felt like I’ve opened up a lot of doors for minorities. Or should I say, opened a lotta chimneys.