When you were a kid and letting your mischievous side show, did your mom ever say, "Oh, you little Dickens!" Ever wonder where that phrase came from? Charles Dickens! You were channeling a little Artful Dodger, the streetwise young pickpocket from Oliver Twist.
"Bah humbug!" Almost everyone is familiar with this famous quote from Ebenezer Scrooge of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I grew up on such book classics as this and Twas the Night Before Christmas. I anxiously awaited the TV cartoons like Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. There were no cartoon versions of A Christmas Carol until 1983, when Disney released Mickey’s Christmas Carol.
We all have good days and bad days, but especially during the holidays when cheer and good will towards all are rather abundant. One can seem particularly scroogey with a few bah-hum bugs. Thankfully, one not-so-cheerful day doesn’t allot us a late-night appointment with three timely ghosts. But a lifetime of stinginess can bring us a whole lot more than we bargain for.