How’s your pre-Christmas spirit going this year? Have you just about had it with all the hustle and bustle that leads up to the big day? Has your focus been on the reason for the season or has societal pressure and extreme commercialism pulled you in?
The focus of our family’s Christmases together for the past several years has been changing. Bob and I are of the sandwich generation, and fortunately for us, for the past three years, we have had five living generations come together (about 30 of all ages) to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.
This year, especially, our elders have become frailer and less independent. As such, our family has pulled together to honor their wishes and to support them in their home. While at times serving them can get burdensome and tire us out, the grace of God and the true meaning of love of family sustains us. W continue to treasure each moment and each year that we can spend Christmas with most of our family together under a single roof.
A few children and grandchildren have ventured out into the world. But, most of us remain on the east coast, while others are in Chicago, Texas, and even Italy. But in spirit, our family is together and remembering Christmases past.
A 6-Minute Version of Charles Dickens’ 1843 “A Christmas Carol”
So, I thought in the spirit of Christmas, and remembering times from our past, I’d share with you the 6-minute version of Scrooge, or, Marley’s Ghost, a silent film from 1901. It is the earliest known film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ 1843 A Christmas Carol. The English movie pioneer R.W. Paul produced it. It is, however, based more on J.C Buckstone‘s 1901 stage adaptation Scrooge rather than Dickens‘ original story.
Like in the play, the film Scrooge is shown the error of his miserly ways by the ghost of his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley—played by a man in a sheet.
Here’s wishing you heartwarming moments with your family and friends–and plenty of laughter to welcome in the new year!