Ah, Fezziwig's ball. This original illustration by John Leech was part of the A Christmas Carol when Charles Dickens first published the novella December 19th, 1843. It was written in six weeks when the Martin Chuzzlewit serialization suffered poor sales. Dicken's publisher wanted a Christmas story. What a tale it is! The first print run ran out in three days, making A Christmas Carol an instant success. It has never been out of print.
I just re-read A Christmas Carol. What evocative writing, what wonderful characters. Tiny Tim still tugs the heart strings. Even though Scrooge is such a cheap curmudgeon, by the time you have gone along with him and the three ghosts, you feel such sadness for what he has lost and what he has sacrificed for his cold, comfortless cash that you are hoping there is some chance for his redemption.
His transformation is miraculous and wonderful. Dicken's Christmas tale is still a story for our times. There is a lesson about consumerism and giving up all for wealth. I wish the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and and Christmas Yet to Come could visit PM Harper and Premier Prentice to show them the error of their ways and soften their hard stances. There are far more important things than Economic Expansion.
A Christmas Carol is a cautionary tale but it holds possible such opportunity. If I had one Christmas wish...
I've been married a long time and often write about everyday events.