Short of the story of Christ’s birth, few Christmas tales are as iconic as Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Since its first publication over 170 years ago in 1843, it has been adapted from text into numerous stage productions and film portrayals. The classic story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and his redemption tale is etched into our memories as one of the greatest holiday stories of all time.
In the preface to his famous novella, author Charles Dickens explains the reason why this story sticks with us: “I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.” It is this very story of redemption which haunts all of us (pleasantly) just as the ghosts that haunt Scrooge himself.
Little known to many, Dickens named his story A Christmas Carol, because of the song-like quality he hoped that readers would sense. The title of the book has the word “carol” in it, which in Victorian era England, exclusively referred to songs praising the birth of Jesus. Additionally Dickens calls the chapters of the book “staves,” (a.k.a. “stanzas”) which sing of Christian themes, with Charles Dickens himself having stated, “I have always striven in my writings to express the veneration for the life and lessons of our Saviour.”
We are excited to invite you to join us for Doris Baizley’s modern twist on A Christmas Carol this week, December 12th, 13th & 14th at 7:00pm. Tickets are on sale online and after services by our main entrance for just $10 for adults, and $5 for children under 13 and seniors 65+. You can also purchase tickets online at theSanctuarychurch.com/christmas.