A Christmas Treasure part 2

As a Follow up to A Christmas Treasure, I could not (in good faith) let it be unsaid that besides the Lionel Barrymore recording of A Christmas Carol (in all it's audio glory) there exists a VIDEO version of A Christmas Carol that holds a place my heart almost as big as the audio version.

Alistair SimGrowing up, another one of the Christmas Treasures I most looked forward to (in addition to listening to the LP of A Christmas Carol), was our family's tradition of taking in a theater screening of "Scrooge". 

Scrooge is the 1951 (originally black and white) film version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol staring Alistair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge.

I have seen (and heard) many different versions of A Christmas Carol over the years, yet I can (without hesitation) state that I have seen, NONE (and by NONE - I mean Not. Even. One.) version that comes CLOSE to providing the joy in my heart that Alistair Sim's 1951 version does.

Much like the Lionel Barrymore LP version, the sentiment I feel for "Scrooge" (the film) runs much deeper than the dynamics of the movie itself.  You see, as very young children, "Scrooge" also became a part of our family's Christmas traditions when my parents brought us to the annual screening of "Scrooge" held at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts theater each year.  It was one of my favorite parts of Christmas, and something I looked forward to each and every year.  Seeing Scrooge as a boy with my family still remains one of my fondest childhood memories.

With the advent of VCR's and now DVD's - came the ability to see the movie in the comfort of my own home (which I do).  As convenient as this is, there is something lost in the meaningfulness of watching the movie as I did when I was a child.  We make an evening of it.  We curl up on the couch with blankets as a family, and turn the lights down.  It is still a lot of fun, and one of my favorite traditions - only it has changed slightly over the years, and become something slightly different.

I have often asked myself how much would I be willing to pay to have the opportunity go back in time (just for one day) and be that little boy - in all his innocence - going to see "Scrooge" at the Art Institute, holding hands with his mom and dad and little sister just one more time. 

Folks, please... Treasure the Christmas traditions you share with your kids.  They mean more than you can possibly imagine.


  1. Now see, today I have to disagree with you.

    I don't much care for "Scrooge," but I love "Scrooged" with Bill Murray!

    HA HA!

    Man, I love holiday traditions. I can wholeheartedly, and honestly say that for me, the best part of Christmas, is getting together with the family for Christmas dinner. It really doesn't get any better!

  2. I hope that my children value our traditions in the same way.


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