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Father Christmas December 17, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Books & Movies.
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The countenance of this Santa reminds me of the Ghost of Christmas Present in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol ~ maybe the one with George C. Scott as Ebenezer, or perhaps it was the one with Patrick Stewart as Scrooge, or . . .

It’s hard to keep the ghostly spectres straight from one film to the next.

Not surprising really, since there have been more than 250 movie, TV, and stage adaptations of Dickens’ beloved Christmas story.

Not bad for a story penned in just six weeks!

Wikipedia ~ A Christmas Carol (in Public Domain)

* A Christmas Carol changed the way the holiday is celebrated and spawned a new genre of holiday books transformed into movies.

* In his Christmas tale, Dickens created some of fiction’s most enduring characters ~ Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and even Jacob Marley (although we arrive at the party too late to meet him “in the flesh”).

* In its pages, Dickens allows the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future to prise open Ebenezer’s heart (and purse-strings!).

* After the trio of spectral visitations, Ebenezer is a changed man ~ with open heart, he keeps  the Spirit of Christmas alive all the year through.

Dickens got the idea after discussing the sorry state of the British economy with Benjamin Disraeli, future prime minister.

His publisher had no interest in the story so Dickens decided to self-design, self-print, and self-publish his Holiday classic.  The book, like all of Dickens’ novels, has never gone out of print.

Not bad for a story penned in just six weeks!

Written for Sidey’s Weekend Theme ~ A Christmas Story.

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