Sunday, December 13, 2009

A Dickens of a Tale

Every year our family watches "A Christmas Carol" starring George C. Scott. It is my favorite version. When I was hired for my first teaching job, I was replacing a teacher who had decided to get married and had given two weeks notice. So I stepped into the classroom a week later in November. Not much time to prepare or plan curriculum. One saving grace for me since it was close to Christmas was I knew we could read "A Christmas Carol" for my 8th grade English classes. And to make it even better, I learned that CBS would be showing a brand new version of the movie that very Christmas. The Deseret News had decided to print a study guide to accompany the movie. Perfect. So, for the next four weeks we studied this powerful tale of change, forgiveness, hope and love. And for bonus points, my students watched the film. 25 years later it still moves me deeply.

Running a close second, though, would have to be "A Muppet Christmas Carol". This film is absolutely brilliant. Michael Caine is a marvelous Scrooge. His emotions are raw and real. Certain scenes cause me to tear up every time. (Jim Henson was a genius, by the way. So glad his son, Brian chose to honor his memory by staying true to his vision.)

If you haven't seen either film, I highly recommend you add them to your Christmas tradition. They are readily available at local stores.