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Christmas..Jingle bells jingle bells..
Oh it's Christmas time again..wow!!
Being from a convent school,christmas always holds a special place on my life,my heart, my growing years.
Smell of Christmas is like the smell of childhood.
While my heart pounders with nostalgic feeling and stockings and Santa..there is something else related to Christmas which is very dear to me , something that keeps me grounded.
Christmas Carol..the prose written by Charles Dickens..
I read it during my academic years as it was part of our curriculum but I would like to share and would insist to relate.
It is a story of a broken man whose wealth has become his only passion in life. As a young man, Ebenezer Scrooge had love and family in his life, but after many setbacks, he lost the desire to be part of society, part of a family, and in essence, a caring human being. One lonely and cold Eve, Scrooge goes to bed and is “visited” by a ghost: his old (deceased) business partner Marley who is forever cursed to wander the earth dragging a network of heavy chains, forged during a lifetime of greed and selfishness. Marley tells Scrooge that he has one chance to avoid the same fate — he will be visited by three spirits, one on each successive evening, and he must listen to them or be cursed to carry chains of his own, much longer than Marley's chains.
3 days before Christmas he witness ghost of Christmas past who took him into his boyhood and youth only to show him his gentle and tender side to awaken the innocence in him.
Christmas is not a date it's a state of mind.
Second spirit gost of Christmas present took Scrooge to many places in the town only to show him how everybody is happy about Christmas...from the tiny Tim a small boy who is seriously ill to the poorest of the poor, as they all were content.
He who has no Christmas in his heart will never find Christmas under a tree.
The third spirit,the gost of Christmas yet to come shows Scrooge a Christmas day in the future, and took him to a grave..with his name on the Tombstone. And the grave is neglected even when it's Christmas..
Scrooge realised that this is his ultimate fate..his outcome..
Sobbing he pledges to the ghost that he will change his ways to avoid this outcome.
Scrooge awakens on Christmas morning with joy and love in his heart.. promises to himself to be a changed man .. embodies the spirit of Christmas..
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world,and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
Childhood is very inocent phase of ones life full of beautiful memories..taking those beautiful and positive moments from your childhood make yourself a gost of Christmas past.
And consider me as your ghost of Christmas present..On Christmas I wish to request you, to analyse your present....Compare that with your past to have a beautiful end to the life...
So that we do not need any ghost of Christmas yet to come.
Let's honor Christmas in our hearts, and also try to keep it all the year.
When Scrooge awakens on Christmas morning, he is nothing less than a new man, flinging open the windows of new possibilities and given to an entirely new outlook on life.
Isn't the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge really what God seeks in all of us..??
Ambition and greed is nothing wrong in itself. It's the way we pursue them that counts.
Our actions have a positive or negative impact on those around us, it is up to us to choose how we want to impact them.
And try to absorb the qualities of changed Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens pen by defeating the materialistic demons that shackle us.
As someone once said that the best time to plant a tree was 50 years ago, but the second best time is now.