A Christmas Carol - The Charles Dickens Christmas Classic, a Radio Theatre Production
Are you are looking for the perfect small gift, a little extra something for anyone on your list? This radio drama will fit the bill. Is there anyone who doesn't know the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the miserly old man who thought Christmas was a colossal waste of time, and how his outlook was radically changed after ghostly visitations showed him the truth about himself and his attitudes?
Scrooge has been portrayed by many different people in television and movies - everyone from Alistair Sims to Jim Carrey to Donald Duck. But the power of the original story by Charles Dickens is worth experiencing, and what better way than to hear it performed by the exceptionally talented voice actors of Focus on the Family's Radio Theatre.
An evening spent around the Christmas tree, listening to this wonderful story, is sure to become a much-loved holiday tradition for everyone you give this CD. Of course, you should probably get one for yourself too!
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This is a story of someone who has a complete change of heart.
In the beginning, Scrooge is a rich, but mean, old man, and has been for many years. We see it in the way he treats his nephew who invites him to Christmas dinner. We see in the way he treats his employee who is chilled to the bone as he tries to work in a room with no heat. We see it in the way he despises the poor on the streets of London. And we begin to feel quite upset with him.
But Scrooge is about to have a night that he'll never forget as long as he lives. As much as he doesn't want to believe in the ghosts that come to show him his past, present, and possibly his future, his eyes are opened. He realizes that life is not "every man for himself." His choices have affected many other lives, even people he once cared about. Things get very personal when he observes the Cratchit family, who can barely afford to put meat on the table because of the measly wage Scrooge pays. There he sees Tiny Tim, and his heart melts a little. Will the little boy really die? Can something be done to lift that shadow?
As Scrooge goes from scene to scene and winces many times at what he is reminded of, we learn something of the sorrows in his own early life. We begin to feel a little sympathy for him. But the most heart-warming moment is when he wakes up and finds out that he has not missed Christmas Day. How ecstatic he is that he has a chance to mend his ways. Oh, the good he can do with his money! Oh, the joy he can bring to other people with his repentance and his new benevolence!
This is a story that brings tears and smiles. It does us good every time we hear it.