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merry christmas

December 24, 2010

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my friend patricia’s dad has a yearly tradition where he emails certain excerpts from “a christmas carol” to our group of friends. and since it always makes me happy, i thought i’d share one of the excerpts with you below today.

“As is the tradition The End and then The Beginning.

Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely
more; and to Tiny Tim, who did NOT die, he was a second father. He
became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the
good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in
the good old world. Some people laughed to see the alteration in him,
but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough
to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which
some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset; and
knowing that such as these would be blind anyway, he thought it quite
as well that they should wrinkle up their eyes in grins, as have the
malady in less attractive forms. His own heart laughed: and that was
quite enough for him.

He had no further intercourse with Spirits, but lived upon the Total
Abstinence Principle, ever afterwards: and it was always said of him,
that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed
the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as
Tiny Time observed, God Bless Us, Every One!

And finally, The Beginning, as most but Patricia and Mark know it.

Stave I

Marley’s Ghost

Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about
that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the
clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it: and
Scrooge’s name was good upon ‘Change, for anything he chose to put his
hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

Mind! I don’t mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what
there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been
inclined myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of
ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the
simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country’s
done for. You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that
Marley was as dead as a door-nail.
Scrooge knew he was dead? Of course he did. How could it be
otherwise? Scrooge and he were partners for I don?t know how many
years. Scrooge was his sole executor, his sole administrator, his sole
assign, his sole residuary legatee, his sole friend and sole mourner.
And even Scrooge was not so dreadfully cut up by the sad event, but
that he was an excellent man of business on the very day of the
funeral, and solemnized it with an undoubted bargain

a very merry christmas to you all … may your holidays be full of many good things.

  1. December 24, 2010 12:49 pm

    Merry Christmas Sir.

  2. December 24, 2010 2:00 pm

    And all the best of the season to you too. It’s great coming here and seeing the world through your eyes.

  3. December 24, 2010 3:12 pm

    We watch the Muppet’s Christmas Carol every Christmas Eve. Best rendition of the story ever! Happy Holidays and Best Wishes to you!

  4. December 24, 2010 3:36 pm

    Merry Christmas to you! Thank you for sharing your talents with the blogger world. May you have a wonderful visit with your family.

  5. December 24, 2010 6:22 pm

    Happy Christmas Brian! I am so glad you had a Christmas miracle and got home to family! :-)

  6. December 24, 2010 8:04 pm

    that was beautiful. merry Christmas & happy holidays!

  7. December 25, 2010 1:09 am

    thank you for sharing, brian! a joyful christmas to you!

  8. December 26, 2010 12:33 am

    Very professional photos

    Happy new year…2011

  9. December 26, 2010 10:08 am

    i have never come to your site and left feeling dull and uninspired. you brought back great memories of my father reading this story to us. and i love the photo that is with this post.

  10. December 28, 2010 3:40 am

    love it. so lovely.

  11. richard permalink
    December 28, 2010 2:12 pm

    listening to your 8tracks while i make my christmas cards- thanks for the soundtrack, man! merry christmas-

  12. Ashley Erin permalink
    December 29, 2010 4:23 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Brian!

  13. Peesh permalink
    December 31, 2010 11:45 am

    God bless us, everyone.
    You weren’t my secret Santa…maybe next year.

  14. January 2, 2011 11:36 am

    Your images are breathtaking and the inspiration never seems to end. I just wanted to thank you for showing up here as often as you do and for sharing so many of them. Wishing you all the best in 2011.

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