Shouldn’t “Scrooge” Be a Compliment?

1_123125_123082_2097394_2110816_041209_scrooge.jpg.CROP.original-originalThe annual Hauser family tradition of attending a live Christmas Carol was fulfilled once again this week at a small, intimate local theater with a traditional rendition of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale. Despite only six cast members, the second greatest (in my humble opinion) redemption story of all time was magnificently played out. Once again, that troubled, cold, lifeless old soul was resurrected into a giving, loving, joyful man, full of life and light.

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, 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 at the outset…

Every time I see the play, I wonder why we use the term “Scrooge” to refer to someone who is a tightwad, bah-humbugging old crab – the old Scrooge before Marley and the boys turn him around. I for one would much rather remember him as the joy giver, the redeemed, the light, “as good a man as the good old city knew…”

As we celebrate Christmas, let us all remember that it is the “after” Jesus that we should remember as well. His birth was only the prelude, the real gift came thirty-some years later when He too was resurrected – to defeat evil and sin once and for all – to be the light of the world (in a world that desperately needs that light!).

Amy and I wish everyone a blessed and merry Christmas and will continue celebrating the greatest gift of all, the resurrected Savior, Light of the world – Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas!


  1. Love your words and insights. Also loved sharing this very special time of the year with you, Amy, Ross and Sara…as well as my other daughter and her family. My hubby and I were honored and pleased that ya’ll came our way!! Happy New Year!!