There isn’t much to report this week. I’ve temporarily put Queens Consort: England’s Medieval Queens aside and started reading Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol again. Though I’ve read it before I’m finding parts that I seem to be reading for the first time. Is that due to failing memory or because I’m reading it again from a slightly different perspective?. It’s always been one of my favorite Christmas stories and I’ve enjoyed several film adaptations of the novel.
Although George C. Scott (1984) played the role of Ebeneezer Scrooge quite well, I’m partial to Alistair Sim’s portrayal in the 1951 black-and-white film, A Christmas Carol (Scrooge in the UK). That film is fairly close to the book and black-and-white is the proper medium to tell the story. I also like the 1938 version which featured Gene and Kathleen Lockhart as Bob and Mrs. Cratchit. Their daughter June played Belinda Cratchit (uncredited). Some may remember June Lockhart from Lassie and Lost in Space on television.
Much of my time this past week has been preparing for the December 25th deadline – gifts, gift-wrapping, food for the big day, etc. There have been parties to attend each week. I had an opportunity to attend a clothing-optional party on Saturday but I passed on it in order to bake cookies and spend time with my grandchildren. I probably would have enjoyed the party but I have other priorities.
Since my granddaughter is spending the weekend with her other grandmother, she got her birthday presents from us three days early. Because her birthday is Christmas Eve, I always try to put a little more thought into her birthday present. This year I got her a drum practice pad which she loved. She’s a percussionist in the school band so it will really come in handy.
With the new year rapidly approaching I’m starting to collect my thoughts for my Penultimate Day blog entries. Penultimate Day is an observance I came up with several years ago as a day to reflect upon the previous year and to consider goals and resolutions for the coming year.
Quotes I’m pondering
“There are some upon this earth of yours who lay claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion, pride, ill-will, envy, bigotry, and selfishness in our name, who are strange to us and our kith and kin, as if they had never lived. Remember that, and charge their doings to themselves, not us.”
Ghost of Christmas Present, from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
“Christmas spirit transcends religion.”
“It is not necessary to be a Christian to keep Christmas or the spirit of the holiday in your heart. The season does not need a specific reason; it exists independently. So let us each celebrate the season in our own way and endeavor to keep the season in our heart all year long.”