To help keep me from turning into “Scrooge” or, as my family would say “Figgy Morgoth, the Christmas dragon”–I’m re-posting last year’s holiday offering. Enjoy! (FYI–Figgy is derived from figgy pudding, Morgoth was the principal agent of evil in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Silmarillion–hence, Figgy Morgoth, the Christmas dragon who rears her/his ugly head whenever the holiday preparations/celebration don’t go as planned. It’s just such an appropriate term–feel free to re-use, but please, credit its Pankuch origins. Ha!) All the best, Leanne.

Leanne Pankuch

I’ve read Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” at least twenty times and I’ve seen nearly every film and television version of the story, from the first silent movie depictions to Disney’s most recent CGI-animated monstrosity. I enjoy the 1938 film with Gene Lockhart as the perfect Bob Cratchit, but my favorite classic version is the 1958 film “Scrooge” with Alistair Sim. It is a masterful portrayal of the tale. Every year I hate Sim’s selfish and sarcastic Scrooge at the beginning of the story, yet am somehow drawn to him and his cynical loneliness. I then laugh when he dances around and frightens Mrs. Dilbur after his conversion, and, finally, cry when he sincerely apologizes to his nephew Fred and Fred’s fiancee.

But the version most enjoyed my entire family is “The Muppet Christmas Carol” with Michael Caine as Scrooge, Kermit as Bob Cratchit, Fozzie Bear as Old “Fozziewig” and…

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