When Charles Dickens published A Christmas Carol in 1843, it’s hard to know whether he intended for the novella to become such an international success. But the fact is that 175 years after the story was first discovered by Christmas lovers, the adventures of the cold businessman Ebenezer Scrooge and his meetings with the Ghosts of Christmas are a secret for nobody.
Scrooge’s story is a classic loved by many children and adults all over the world – and his infamous catchphrase ‘Bah! Humbug!’ has landed on many ugly Christmas jumpers since.
Yet, the reason why A Christmas Carol continues to work today is essentially that Scrooge is everyone one of us. He represents the materialistic side of Christmas, the constant worry about money. Dickens’s novella reminds us of the spirit of Christmas, and helps us to shut down our inner Scrooge. You can apply the lessons of the story to your life, and maybe find the key to make this Christmas a soothing, financial experience.
It’s about being generous to those who need it
One of the most important lessons that Scrooge learns is that his generosity can make a significant difference in the lives of those who need it. You don’t need to become a successful money-lender like him to know that you can make a difference with what you’ve got. Food donations are always welcome by your local Food Bank throughout the year, and even more during the Christmas holiday. While it is a little late to join actions such as the #foodbankadvent, you can continue to give essential food and some Christmas treats to your local organisation through December. You can get in touch to figure out if they need some Christmas specials too. Your generosity can transform Christmas for those who are struggling to make ends meet.
It’s about forgiving yourself
There’s an essential lesson that Scrooge learns, but that’s often ignored when we think of the story. Scrooge learns not only to embrace the spirit of Christmas, but more importantly, he learns to forgive himself to move on and make peace with the people around him. Without self-forgiveness, Scrooge wouldn’t be able to change Tiny Tim’s life, because he wouldn’t dare to get back in touch with his family and employees. Similarly, Christmas is for you the time for self-forgiveness, especially if you’ve been struggling with money issues. It’s time to accept your situation and take back control, starting with bad credit loans to pay back outstanding expenses. There’s no room for shame, be kind to yourself as you rebuild your stability, one day at a time.
It’s about remembering the little things that matter
Last, but not least, Scrooge watches the joy of Christmas with the Ghost of Christmas Present. He knows that people are happy to be in each other company. He sees the people around him enjoying the party, regardless of their means. Perhaps, this is the most important lesson as you are preparing Christmas. Indeed, you don’t need to break the bank to have a wonderful time with your dear ones. Homemade presents provide a thoughtful and inexpensive alternative to the traditional Christmas shopping.
Follow Scrooge along the lessons of Christmas this year, and let the spirit of Christmas accompany you through the festive seasons. The connection between Christmas and money doesn’t have to be negative!
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