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A Christmas Carol

Some Like It Raw

George Heymont | Posted 03.01.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

It's easy to reach a point where one no longer wishes to attend performances of The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol, Handel's Messiah, or Hansel and Gretel because repetition has dulled the thrill.

We, the Cratchits

Michael Gene Sullivan | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics
Michael Gene Sullivan

Today's audiences have been convinced to identify with the wealthy so they focus on Scrooge's redemption, satisfied they are not as bad as he was, and joyous at his redemption. What they should be recognizing is that the vast majority of them are Bob Crachit.

What Christmas Means to Me

Lillie Leonardi | Posted 02.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Lillie Leonardi

In this lifetime, I have learned that Christmas magic is powerful, but the power in our hearts is even more magical.  Our ability to love one another, to renew our faith and bring hope into our lives and the lives of others, are the greatest of gifts to bestow and receive.

The Power of A Christmas Carol

Steven and Michael Meloan | Posted 02.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Steven and Michael Meloan

In a previous blog, we focused on the importance of storytelling -- from heroic tales told around tribal campfires, to the epic poetry of the ancients...

What Makes a City Great?

Martin Kleinman | Posted 02.17.2014 | New York
Martin Kleinman

Perhaps, our New York pride prevents some of us from admitting much of what de Blasio shone his harsh light upon during his campaign.

A Christmas Carol Turns 170 Today

Oliver Tearle | Posted 02.16.2014 | Books
Oliver Tearle

Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in six weeks during October and November 1843, and it appeared just in time for Christmas, on December 17. The book's effect was immediate, and it has been credited with popularizing the phrase 'Merry Christmas.'

The Facebook Birthday Fix: Evidence for Defending Your Life

Kevin Walsh | Posted 02.16.2014 | Detroit
Kevin Walsh

December 15th is my wife's birthday and, like a true Facebook lurker, I can't help but drift into her page and see the many greetings coming from all walks of her life.

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?