Scrooge: Choose The Good Life

Scrooge: Choose The Good Life

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has been made into dozens of films, both animated (Disney version anyone?) and even a musical. Many Christmas movie lovers are adamant about which version is the absolute best.

One that consistently tops that list is Alastair Sim’s rendition of the humbug-riddled Scrooge. In this particular film adaptation, there is a very telling scene that inspired me early in the movie. Scrooge is holed up in his office counting his cash on Christmas Eve. His nephew stops by to invite him over for Christmas dinner the next day. In his cranky, putrid, and nasty-way, Scrooge verbally thrashes his nephew telling him to get a life and get out of his office.

Scrooge’s nephew boldly wishes him a merry Christmas. To which Scrooge vehemently replies, “Bah-HUMBUG!”

Many people would stop there, but not Scrooge’s nephew. Undeterred, he jovially slaps Scrooge’s hand away and replies, "I came here in the spirit of bright goodwill and I won’t let you dampen it. So a merry christmas to you anyway, Uncle!"

"Good evening!" shouts Scrooge exasperated.

His nephew continues, "And a happy new year!"

[watch the scene here, if you like. Start watching at 6:34.]

This holiday season, wherever you may be in the world, be like Scrooge’s nephew in his choosing to have a good life. He's not an idiot and he’s not oblivious to the world crises and issues surrounding him.

Instead, amidst the trouble of the times, he chooses to have a good life. No matter what sort of humbug or ill-mannered character comes his way. He chooses to celebrate life with those he loves. And he chooses to love even if it’s not immediately reciprocated.

As this year comes to a close, take some time to relax, even if the thought of relaxing stresses you out. I’m choosing to have a good rest of the year.

And with that, we wish you a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

(photo via james vaughn)