A Christmas Carol


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A daytime pause: For Christmas Day, what better than to watch Alastair Sim’s incredible performance in the 1951 adaption of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

I watched this again and felt like weeping, not because of the sentimentality of the story itself but because it is so seeped in a civilized world that increasingly no longer exists. There was a time when this was our culture. I fear it is no longer so. As noted by the Spirit of Christmas Present, “This boy is ignorance, this girl is want. Beware them both, but most of all beware this boy.”

Enjoy, and I hope you all have a Merry Christmas Day.

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3 comments

  • Jim Jakoubek

    All the best to you Mr. Zimmerman and your family.

    May this season bring you joy and the coming New Year much success and happiness…:)

  • mpthompson

    Robert, Merry Christmas to you and everyone who frequents this site.

    Regarding our lost culture, it seems to me that virtue signalling has replaced true virtue in our society. After all, why go through the hard work of expending blood, sweat and tears associated with doing real deeds when by simply voting for the “virtuous” party you can outsource the actual hard and dirty work to the government. Having shed the burden and responsibility of such drudgery, you then have more time to bask in the glow of your moral superiority over the regressives in our society that insist on a more hands-on and down to earth approach virtue.

  • mivenho

    Merry Christmas, Robert. And a Happy New Year!

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