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A Christmas Carol

Liberals' Charles Dickens Fallacy

Ron Cebik | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics
Ron Cebik

Todayʼs liberals and progressives still believe the American conservative who espouses a free market-I got mine-you get yours philosophy can be changed if only shown the damage such a viewpoint engenders. This Charlie Brown naivete pervades the political establishment on the left.

Great Marley's Ghost! "A Christmas Carol: The Concert" Enchants and Breaks New Ground

Josh Getlin | Posted 02.10.2014 | Arts
Josh Getlin

Ebenezer Scrooge's transformation into a generous man may seem all too familiar. But it hasn't looked this fresh in a long time.

Before Anyone Has a Cow Over Christmas...

Kimann Schultz | Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion
Kimann Schultz

My question is this: Where is the Spirit of Christmas in aggressively posited greetings, especially when done with the intention not to spread good will but to antagonize?

Stage Door: A Christmas Carol

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.28.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Dickens, a fierce critic of the Victorian class system and the treatment of the poor, marries social realism to sentimentality here. It succeeds in this crisp rendition because Scrooge's ethical awakening isn't forced.

Disabled Characters in Fiction

Susan Nussbaum | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Susan Nussbaum

Can't there ever be a disabled character in a book or film just because? Where the topic doesn't ever come up? All sorts of interesting stories can be written about a disabled character, without the disability ever being mentioned. You know, just like real people.

Kelly Clarkson To Star In Holiday Special Based On 'A Christmas Carol'

Posted 10.18.2013 | TV

Kelly Clarkson and Michael Buble will headline two separate NBC holiday specials. Clarkson's special will be loosely based on Charles Dickens' "A ...

Dreaming of a White Christmas

Liz Smith | Posted 02.24.2013 | Entertainment
Liz Smith

If you think of the beloved song "White Christmas," you might like to remember that it was written by a Jewish man who all but dominated the American music milieu from the '20s through the '50s.

The Three Best Christmas Movies

John Farr | Posted 04.04.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Christmas movies are a genre unto themselves: between live-action and animated features, there are literally hundreds of titles out there. Inevitably, some are pretty bad, others amusingly cheesy.

Paying It Forward at Christmas and Always, One Act of Kindness at a Time

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.20.2013 | Impact
John W. Whitehead

It's never too late to make things right in the world and try to be better people and, most importantly of all, pay your blessings forward.

Ralphie Is the True Spirit of Christmas

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 02.18.2013 | Arts
Steven Paul Leiva

The film was not only the perfect remedy for my blues, but I came out of the theater convinced that I had just seen the truest, most honest, and thus, best Christmas movie ever made -- an opinion I have never swayed from.

In the Wake of Tragedy, I Seek the Comfort of Books

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 02.16.2013 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Books remind us, again and again, that we are not alone in the world. We are not alone in suffering heartache, questioning purpose, searching for justice, or defining meaning.

Remarkable Voices of 'The Gift' at Notre Dame U

Ruth Gerson | Posted 02.12.2013 | Arts
Ruth Gerson

For the past 27 years Michael Elkins has directed and starred in "The Gift" at Notre Dame University in Belmont, Calif. It plays for just nine shows, eight of which are free to the public. In lieu of purchasing tickets, audience members bring food and toys to be donated locally.

'Christmas Belongs To All Of Us Because All Of Us Can Find Something In It To Be Angry About'

Posted 12.13.2012 | Comedy

While Fox News is perpetuating the war on Christmas, Jon Stewart is putting an end to it by exploring the true meaning of the season. As the "Daily Sh...

A Christmas Carol 2: What the Dickens Was He Thinking?!

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 02.09.2013 | Books
Robert J. Elisberg

For reasons I can no longer remember, I instead decided to write a parody of A Christmas Carol. The best I can recollect is that a novella would be short enough to be manage.

Why Parents Don't Need a Crystal Ball

Laura Rossi Totten | Posted 02.05.2013 | Parents
Laura Rossi Totten

When I found out I was having twins, I realized I'd need all kinds of help. I read parenting books, registered for two of all the "must-haves" and selected the pink and blue layette. But the best preparation I did was building a team of "mom mentors."

A Politician's Christmas Carol

Tom Gerdy | Posted 02.04.2013 | Comedy
Tom Gerdy

My Christmas wish is that someone uses a Dickens or Jacob Marley connection to help our elected officials with their much-needed wake-up calls. I think a visit from a few ghosts who could show them the past, present, and future might be in order.

If You Hate Christmas, This Is For You

Posted 12.05.2012 | Comedy

If you're already feeling sick of Christmas, we've got the supercut that gives voice to your disgust. Here's almost every possible version of Ebenezer...

The Cost of Giving: Notre Dame University's The Gift's Production of A Christmas Carol

Ruth Gerson | Posted 02.03.2013 | Arts
Ruth Gerson

The Gift is created by a volunteer cast and crew. Costumes have been gathered, and kept, sets been added to over the years. This is perhaps the greatest gift of theater I have ever witnessed. But how does it work?

"A Christmas Carol," South Coast Repertory"

James Scarborough | Posted 02.03.2013 | Arts
James Scarborough

As I sat down to watch South Coast Rep's fine production of "A Christmas Carol," it occurred to me that there are twelve days of Christmas and twelve steps in a recovery program. What better framework, then, with which to revisit the show than as a Yuletide rehab story set in Victorian England?

Dickens' Enduring Lessons

Brad Harrington | Posted 01.30.2013 | Business
Brad Harrington

Reflection, small acts of kindness, and ultimately, transformation are just three of the lessons offered in Dickens' A Christmas Carol. On my own reflection, I'm convinced it was that transformed character of Scrooge that my old friend was thinking of when she gave me that tiny statue of Scrooge so many Christmases ago.

What's Your Favorite Childhood Holiday Memory?

Tom Cramer | Posted 01.27.2013 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

In my opinion, there can never again be anything as magical as Christmastime during my childhood in the 70's. Sure, every kid dreamed about the toys and presents they hoped to receive, but it was so much more than that.

Shooting Your Eye Out: Peter Billingsley on A Christmas Story: The Musical

Jon Chattman | Posted 01.19.2013 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Every season it's delightfully unavoidable. It's on for 24-hours, and you watch it at least twice. It's kind of heroin for holiday spirit. Why wouldn't you want to see the leg lamp again? Bunny pajamas. The tongue on the pole. You'll shoot your eye out, kid.

FIRST LISTEN: Barbra Streisand's Gay Son Sings Theme Song For Upcoming Gay Holiday Movie

The Huffington Post | JR Tungol | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

"Scrooge & Marley," is a modern adaptation of Charles Dickens's holiday classic, "A Christmas Carol," due to hit theaters later this month. While the ...

Famous Dads Tell Salon What They Want Their Kids To Know

Posted 05.15.2013 | Parents

"What if [fathers] could only pass down one thing -- one book, movie, album or work of culture -- for their sons or daughters to treasure the same way...

9 Stories That Changed The World

Jonathan Gottschall | Posted 06.10.2012 | Books
Jonathan Gottschall

The story maker penetrates our skulls and seizes control of our cognitive and emotional machinery. Here are some examples of stories that have changed the world--in big ways and small, in good ways and bad.