Sunday, December 23, 2012

A Christmas Carol (& a merry christmas!)

London Southbank - you can just make out St Paul's peeping through!
There's something about this story which makes me willing to sit through film-after-film, play-after-play, read-after-read.  I know each and every one of the characters in it and know what's about to happen and how it all ends..but there is magic in that book.  

Recently a friend and I trampled around the streets of York watching a promenade performance of A Christmas Carol which had been written especially for promenade theatre with input from Dickens' grandson.  It was freezing.  Raining.  December.  It was also one of those theatre experiences which just stays with you -- as we all huddled into a graveyard in the centre of town to meet the ghost of Christmas future, walked down York's cobbled streets much to the bemusement of passers on...  It's a wonderful lesson to take from a story though, a story which is as relevant today as it was when it was first written.  It can be so easy not to take a chance on someone, it can be so easy to become self-absorbed, it is not easy to always put others before yourself.

"It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour."

I suppose if I wish anything for you, dear reader, over the holiday season spend time with loved ones.  And try not to squabble over insignificant details in the rules of your favourite board game ;)
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Harriet Myzak-Douglas said...

I got a mention. I feel like all my Christmas's have come at once.

Louise from: //This Book Is Reserved// said...

haha consider this my christmas gift to you!

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