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In the 1938 version of A Christmas Carol, we are introduced to an exchange or greeting between Scrooge and his nephew. The nephew loves life, goodness and its terms...things he learned from Scrooge's good sister (his mother) while Uncle Scrooge acts out the drudgery and woe of life things he learned through injustice and resentment. Two different beliefs clash and here is the exchange

Fred: A Merry Christmas to you, uncle!
Ebenezer Scrooge: Bah! Humbug... What reason have you to be merry? You're poor enough.
Fred: What reason have you to be so dismal? You're rich enough.
Ebenezer Scrooge: BAH! Humbug!

Fred: Don't be cross, Uncle!
Ebenezer Scrooge: What else can I be when I live in such a world of fools as this? Merry Christmas! Out upon merry Christmas! What's Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer; a time for balancing your books and having every item in 'em through a round dozen of months presented dead against you? If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart!
Fred: Uncle!
Ebenezer Scrooge: Nephew! Keep Christmas in your own way, and let me keep it in mine.
Fred: But you don't keep it!
Ebenezer Scrooge: Let me leave it alone, then. Much good may it do you! Much good it has ever done you!
Fred: There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say, Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round -apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that - as a good time: a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!

I agree with Fred and wish you.... Happy Holidays


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Fred Hookham
Keller Williams - Milton, WI

It's an old story that does a great job of helping us keep our lives in focus at this time of year. May we carry it forward after the holidays. Much wisdom from you today!

Dec 06, 2011 07:20 PM #1
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA

Fred...I just left you a moment ago...Fred, it is the story of salvation and mans ignorance of same...It is presented in such a way that religion takes a back seat and you get to witness what works and what doesn't work and then not only see for your self, but choose too. I remember the wise old man who guarded the secret of life all his life while helping and counseling wherever he went tirelessly and compassionately. On his death bed, he was pressed to reveal the secret of life...With his last words and breath, he uttered....To LIVE it...is the secret of life.

Dec 06, 2011 07:30 PM #2
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