Scrooge lives

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

IN CHARLES Dickens’ 1843 novel, “A Christmas Carol,” the principal character Ebenezer Scrooge, at the beginning is a cold-hearted, tight-fisted and greedy man, who despises Christmas and all things which give people happiness.

The calamities that hit the country recently have given government offices and companies a reason to cancel Christmas parties and merriment during the holidays.

Ebenezer Scrooge lives.


But the redemption of Scrooge by the Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present and Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come has become a defining tale of the Christmas holiday.

Scrooges can always claim to stop Christmas joy by saying we’d rather help victims of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Cebu and Bohol and supertyphoon Yolanda that devastated northern Cebu, Tacloban City and other areas in Eastern Visayas.

It is rather unfortunate that the recent calamities have resurrected Scrooge.


I am made aware that several groups will continue to bring Christmas joy to the orphans, streets kids and the homeless in the city by feeding them during the Christmas holidays.

Some are even planning to hold Christmas parties for children in northern Cebu who are victims of the typhoon Yolanda.

It’s not too late for Scrooge’s redemption. Why, can’t we help victims of calamities and enjoy Christmas at the same time?


You have heard it said again and again that merriment is never the true meaning of Christmas. Better give the money you need to celebrate Christmas to victims of calamities.

But you should better look again. As Bart Sampson of “The Simpsons” said, “Aren’t we forgetting the true meaning of Christmas? You know, the birth of Santa.”

Just remember, someone once said no one can kill Christmas because it is the celebration of the birth of Christ who have overcome even death.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 04, 2013.


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