|A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. First edition. Title page.
Anyway, I',m sure it doesn't surprise anyone who knows me, or reads my blogs or books that the Three Ghosts of Christmas fascinates me. We have the ghost of Christmas Past, which takes Scrooge on a journey filled with Christmas memories. The ghost of Christmas Present that forces dear old Scrooge to see firsthand the holiday celebrations of those way less fortunate and, finally, we have the ghost of Christmas Future...a future that might be but doesn't have to be. During my childhood, all the ghosts scared the Dickens right out of me (sorry, couldn't resist) because the thought of one of them showing up in the middle of the night by my bed seemed anything but pleasant.
Nonetheless, as over the years I gave the matter some thought, I decided that taking a journey with the ghost of Christmas Past might actually be fun because I've had so many amazing Christmas memories, some of which I've already shared.
The ghost of Christmas Present? I don't know...a visit with him would make me wish for Santa's super powers...
And how about that ghost of Christmas Future? I thought long and hard about that one. If there was such a thing as that particular Christmas spirit, or even a crystal ball, would you use it? Would you want to know what would transpire in your future, or would you rather just take it as it comes? I think of the the song "The Dance," by Garth Brooks:
"Holding you, I held everything
For a moment, wasn't I king
But if I'd only known how the king would fall
Hey, who's to say! I might've changed it all
Our lives are better left to chance
I could have missed the pain
But I've have had to miss the dance."
There's a lot of wisdom there, but then again, take a look at Scrooge... With a small peek into the future, he changed his life for the better, and it not only affected him, it also affected those around him.
So... here's a couple of questions for you...Which Christmas ghost would you like to take a trip with, and would you really want to take a look at your future?
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, or if you don't celebrate Christmas, then Happy Holidays!!
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