Christmas According to Dickens: What Changed Ebenezer Scrooge? What Changes Us? (Part 2)

A boy in El Niño.

Part 14 of series: Christmas According to Dickens What Changed Ebenezer Scrooge? What Changes Us? (Part 2) Yesterday, I began to gather together the strands of this series and weave some conclusions about what transforms us. I suggested that: • Transformation begins when something interrupts our ordinary experience. • Transformation comes through pain. • Transformation [Read More...]

Christmas According to Dickens: What Changed Ebenezer Scrooge? What Changes Us?

An autographed manuscript of A Christmas Carol. From the Morgan Library and Museum.

Part 13 of series: Christmas According to Dickens What Changed Ebenezer Scrooge? What Changes Us? I’m finally ready to answer the question that has guided much of this series on A Christmas Carol: Why did Ebenezer Scrooge change? Today I want to sum up what we’ve discovered and make some connections to our own experience. [Read More...]

Christmas According to Dickens: Evidence of Scrooge’s Changed Life: Stave V

John Leech’s illustration from the first edition of A Christmas Carol. Scrooge and Bob Cratchit enjoy some “smoking bishop” as they discuss Cratchit’s job and family.

Part 12 of series: Christmas According to Dickens Evidence of Scrooge’s Changed Life: Stave V When we left Ebenezer Scrooge in my last post of this series, he had come to the end of the visits by the Spirits of Christmas past, present, and future. In response to these visits, he promised to be a [Read More...]

Christmas According to Dickens: Why Did Ebenezer Scrooge Change? Stave IV

“The Last of the Spirits.” Illustration by John Leech in the first edition of A Christmas Carol.

Part 11 of series: Christmas According to Dickens Why Did Ebenezer Scrooge Change? Stave IV The final Spirit to visit Ebenezer Scrooge is the “Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come” or simply the “Ghost of the Future.” This silent Spirit, shrouded in black, takes the mythic form of death. Not surprisingly, the visions it reveals [Read More...]