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The Reel Meaning of Christmas (2)–A Christmas Carol

posted by Robert Gelinas

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 The little child, "stooped down at Scrooge's keyhole to regale him with a Christmas carol."  Have you ever wondered what the Christmas carol of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol was?  What was the song sung to Ebenezer that caused him to seize the ruler on his desk and threaten the vocalist "with such energy of action, that the singer fled in terror"?

Here's the line that evoked such a reaction from Scrooge:

God bless you, merry gentleman

May nothing you dismay!

Sound familiar?  "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," written by an unknown composer.  During the days of Dickens there were some slight differences in the lyrics.  The message of the hymn is about the birth of Jesus and how that destroys Satan's power.  

But why did Dickens choose this carol to be the carol of A Christmas Carol?

To be continued…



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Jon

posted December 7, 2009 at 8:35 am


Robert,
Great message and theme for the holidays. i found the link below yesterday – it is a free download of the Audio book of “A Christmas Carol” for all who are interested.
Take care,
Jon
http://www.learnoutloud.com/Free-Audio-Video/Literature/European-Classics/A-Christmas-Carol/29311



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Kevin Cullis

posted December 9, 2009 at 11:23 pm


I bought the book a few years back as I wanted to read it in it’s “original language” rather than the many films that water down the meanings. Really interesting reading it instead of the movies.



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