“He lived in chambers that had once belonged to his deceased partner. They were a gloomy suite of rooms, in a lowering pile of building up a yard, where it had so little business to be, that one could scarcely help fancying it must have run there when it was a young house, playing at hide-and-seek with other houses, and forgotten the way out again.”
One of my favorite metaphors from one of my favorite books – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
Most years I try to re-read this little classic some time in December. It’s a quick, satisfying read – a great story of redemption if ever there was one!
Yesterday was the anniversary of the publication (1843). For the first time in my memory, I had an absolute day of leisure. Past years I either had to work or I was deep into party prep; with the party behind me (it was wonderful!) and new to my retirement, this year is different. I decided to celebrate by watching every movie of A Christmas Carol that I like (there are more than you can imagine and I don’t like them all).
I didn’t plan my viewing schedule ahead of time… just went with the mood of the moment whenever one ended and it was time to select the next. Started with the Reginal Owen/Gene Lockhart version then headed into the Alistair Sim version. Needed a little lighter fare after that so did Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol. George C Scott was next followed by Mickey’s Christmas Carol. Patrick Stewart was next, then Scrooged with Albert Finney, rounded off by The Muppet’s Christmas Carol.
Thought about American Christmas Carol with Henry Winkler but just wasn’t up for it after 10 hours of Charles Dickens. I don’t know if I’ll celebrate this way next year but it was a relaxing and enjoyable day for me.
If you had a free day to celebrate/commemorate something, what would it be? And how would you like to celebrate?