Ebenezer Scrooge or poor economy?
Ebenezer Scrooge is the principal character in Charles Dickens’s 1843 novel, A Christmas Carol. At the beginning of the novel, Scrooge is a cold-hearted, tight-fisted and greedy man, who despises Christmas and all things which give people happiness. Dickens describes him thus: “The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, made his eyes red, his thin lips blue, and he spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice …” His last name has come into the English language as a byword for miserliness and misanthropy, traits displayed by Scrooge in the exaggerated manner for which Dickens is well-known. The tale of his redemption by the three Ghosts of Christmas (Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present, and Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come) has become a defining tale of the Christmas holiday. Scrooge’s catchphrase, “Bah, humbug!” is often used to express disgust with many of the modern Christmas traditions.
Was he really cheap? Or just frugal in a bad economy. What was the economy like in 1843? If it’s anything like now, I don’t blame him!
The Panic of 1837 was a financial crisis or market correction in the United States built on a speculative fever. The end of the Second Bank of the United States had produced a period of runaway inflation, but on May 10, 1837 in New York City, every bank began to accept payment only in specie (gold and silver coinage), forcing a dramatic, deflationary backlash. This was based on the assumption by former president, Andrew Jackson, that the government was selling land for state bank notes of questionable value. The Panic was followed by a five-year depression, with the failure of banks and then-record-high unemployment levels.
The panic ended in 1843 which is when Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol. Maybe Scrooge was just being frugal, because of the depression in America.
Christmas has become a retail holiday, where retail stores empty their inventories on people who usually can’t afford it, or feel bad about what they have done, or neglected during the year, and think they can make it all up in one day.
It has almost lost the true religious meaning. (which I won’t go into, due to everyone’s different beliefs)
What has Christmas become? Do you really need 1lb of Reese’s cups, or a new multi-thousand dollar watch.
What about the children? Have you seen today’s, spoiled, fat, rotten il-mannered brats? The ones mommy won’t spank or discipline, so they run rampant everywhere they go. Most of these kids have tons of toys that they never touch and they just sit around for years collecting dust or until mommy gives them away, or donates them to charity.
Is it mommy’s fault? No! (well the unruly non disciplined part yes! Spoiled, No!) It’s the Media’s fault! Just as it is the Media’s fault about women’s body image (that’s also another story)
It’s Christmas! Buy, buy, buy! Have you ever seen a little kids Christmas list? They circle everything in the circular! If they were to get just one of those toys they would be thrilled! But, as parents in today’s society, they must have more! More then their friend down the block! More then the rest of the kids in school! More, more, more!
I’m guilty of spoiling my niece and nephew! More, more, more!
But, have you been to the stores this holiday season? They are somewhat busy, but nothing at all like past years! Retail is going to be in big trouble this year!
I was at the Garden State Plaza and the Bergen mall in NJ and I easily found a parking spot! The same thing goes for Walmart and Kmart! I go to the gym next to Kmart and usually the parking lot is packed, people waiting hours for parking spots. Not this year!!!
It is a definite reflection on today’s economy!
United States Unemployment Rate
The unemployment rate in the United States was last reported at 8.6 percent in November of 2011. From 1948 until 2010 the United States’ Unemployment Rate averaged 5.70 percent reaching an historical high of 10.80 percent in November of 1982 and a record low of 2.50 percent in May of 1953. The labour force is defined as the number of people employed plus the number unemployed but seeking work. The nonlabour force includes those who are not looking for work, those who are institutionalised and those serving in the military. This page includes: United States Unemployment Rate chart, historical data and news.
I have even heard numerous people claim their significant other doesn’t believe in Christmas! Not because of their religion, but because of what it has become!
I too do not like the situation! It’s the one time of year when everyone is fake! Walk down the street in NYC anytime of the year, beside Christmas! If you look at someone the wrong way they will tell you to fuck off, or some other profanity. During Christmas all those people are so sweet, Merry Christmas, and I hope you have a Merry Christmas. I want to say, no you don’t you fuckin liar! You don’t know me, you don’t give two shits about me! But…. No I just go with the flow and be nice. In the spirit of Christmas.
I believe you should be nice everyday! I think that if you see something that reminds you of someone you love, or is something that they cherish, buy it or make it. Small things that could be from a dollar store. It’s the thought that counts.
Everyday should be Christmas! Eg. Hey I know you like kettle corn and they had a sale on it and it reminded me of you, so I got it. Anything! Show your love daily! Don’t save it for one day of the year! And you don’t have to buy anything! Eg. Oh you worked a long day today on your feet all day, let me massage your feet honey… Etc.
Remember this article isn’t about religion, this is about, caring about people in your life, showing love and compassion. Not about the media and retail!
Don’t say, oh my kids know I love them, because we have a big house and I buy them everything they ever want! What they want is you and your love!
As far as parents go, I was blessed! And I truly feel bad for those who weren’t, and I hope that they can change their lives and change the situation for their children.
Don’t take anyone in your life for granted! If they are in your life tell them today, that you love them and appreciate them taking part in your life!
And if they aren’t worth it, get them out of your life and fill your life with people who are worth it! You are in charge of your destiny! And it’s never too late or too difficult to change it! You are never trapped!!
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