Charles Dickens published A Christmas Carol Dec. 19, 1843.
And despite the efforts of some in history and others today – who are many times worse than Ebenezer Scrooge (early in the novel) – Dickens’s message still rings true.
Whether it’s Tiny Tim’s toast, “God bless us. Everyone.”, or Scrooge’s promise, “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”, there is something we can all learn from the 169-year-old classic.
For 2012 events around the world have given us every reason to be a little short of Christmas spirit.
From the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., and civil wars around the globe, to continuing tough economic times nationally, provincially and in Nanaimo, one couldn’t be blamed for being a little low on the “ho, ho, ho” meter.
But, it’s Chrismas Eve; time to shrug off the stress that comes with the busyness of the season from your shoulders and embrace everything the holidays represent.
It’s time to toss the commercialism of Christmas aside and take stock of what is truly important.
As cliché as it sounds, it’s time for peace on Earth, good will toward men. It’s time for family and friends.
It’s time to celebrate the positives. To be thankful our children are safe. That our country, despite all its shortcomings, is still one of the most desirable places in the world to live. And that we are free to publically point out those shortcomings without fear of reprisal.
So take a few days and enjoy some time together. Life’s hectic pace will return soon enough.
And while you’re at it, check out A Christmas Carol on television or disc. Or better yet, pick up a copy of the book and enjoy the original message of Christmas Dickens hoped to pass on to us all.
After all, mankind was his business.