Christmas flick #1

24 Dec

A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott version)

Merry Christmas. I saved the best Christmas film on my Christmas flick list for last.

This Victorian-era Dickens classic is a must for anyone feeling world-weary or Scroogish.

It never gets old, never gets tired, and every time I watch it I feel convicted to get up off the sofa a new person. Instead of screaming at that guy who cut me off in the mall parking lot or yelling back at the customer yelling at me or ignoring the person in my little sphere who needs some Christmas cheer on a day when I don’t feel cheerful myself…it makes me want to look at the world as what I want to be rather than what I want it to be for me.

George C. Scott makes such an amazing Ebenezer Scrooge that as far as I’m concerned, there are no other versions of this film. He makes my knees knock as bad as Mr. Cratchit’s when he starts bellowing. He scares me more than the thought of ghosts showing up in my bedroom to kidnap me.

Scrooge’s life reminds me that I really don’t have control over anything. His journey through his past, present and future presses me not to waste time because it is short and precious. And so are people. So what if I don’t have the same means that Scrooge does to change the world? What means has God given me to make my little sphere better than when I arrived?

This story also makes me wonder what things I don’t know about my choices and how they have affected others. I’m sure I’d be terrified at the truth of it…but I also hope that stories like this will continue to make me want to be a new and better person and start unraveling the chains I’ve fashioned and bound around my own neck. Christmas is a good time to begin.

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.'” ~ Luke 2:8-14 (KJV)

Again, a very merry Christmas to you and yours. May God bless us all, every one!

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UPDATE 12/25: Embarrassed…just realized I left one of the best movies ever off this list on accident…White Christmas. So let’s consider it ‘Christmas flick #0’ and sing a little chorus of “Sisters” to celebrate.

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