Reading time: 4 – 6 minutes
Most of you might have already read about the Ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Yet-to-Come on the most critically acclaimed book by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol which first went out on 19th December 1843 with illustrations created by John Leech featuring the life of Ebenezer Scrooge, you definitely know this guy don’t you?
But if in case you don’t, allow me to be a little bit redundant here, or course, you might as well want to share this stuff to your kids. Scrooge, the main character in the novella (a written narrative often fictional which is shorter than a novel but longer than a novelette), originally, A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas, was a greedy, tight fisted, and cold-hearted man who despises Christmas and all other things that engenders happiness.
He then eventually finds salvation after a change of heart. You definitely know what made him change, don’t you?
A Christmas Carol has been a living treasure and its timeliness often brings back everyone to it during Christmas season. The story has been immortalized countless times all over the world in fact; one of the latest additions was Walt Disney’s “A Christmas Carol” on digital 3D portrayed by actor comedian Jim Carrey (see movie trailer below).
If you loved the movie on IMAX, or in print, you might have also fallen in love with the audio too. There are a lot of audio books out there that have already created versions of the story but what I’ve actually came across is a free downloadable audio recording of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens on Storynory.com, a dramatic pantomime audio presentation adapted by Mike Betteridge of The Working Space Theatre Company.
The downloadable audio comes in three downloadable parts which also comes with a written text. The audio was clear and the presentation is vividly done by Natasha and Robert Maloney, who performed as Scrooge.
Christmas being the most celebrated season all over the world doesn’t just come in handy with those great, fancy, and expensive stuff, we have to focus on what does the season holds for us. Oftentimes, we tend to switch our ways and sometimes our persona just to blend well with the season but after that, we’re back to our old ways.
Offline, we have our loved ones and friends who are always there for us no matter what and this day is certainly for them and for everyone else who needs special attention and care.
Online, we have our social networking friends and even blogging friends. I don’t really understand why social media is so hyped that even if you have thousands of fans on Facebook, or tons of followers on Twitter, does that all respond or care about you? The interaction is very limited but just a single non-automated message saying hi or hello would be fair enough to think that this person is extending a hand, so why should I not take it.
Webmasters and bloggers who often interact on this virtual world of the web must realize that we’re all in one place. Forget our egos and obsessions with rank and stats. Why can’t we just be ourselves? Google doesn’t care about you. The bots does not have a heart and emotion to pat you on your back when you’re doing well or comfort you when you’re feeling bad. Only humans—your blogging friends, your visitors and those people who message you and interacts with you in all possible ways are the ones who really care.
Do we have to experience Scrooge’s horrible nightmares before we even start to act? What do you say?