In my family, we have a Christmas morning tradition where all the family members line up at the top of the stairs, oldest to youngest, and sing “Jingle Bells” as we descend, the children peering around the bigger bodies to see if Santa Claus has come. As a child, I thought this ritual was incredibly unfair (I was the youngest), but it has come to be one of my favorite parts of the holiday. Every year the line-up changes. The person at the front of the line varies, depending upon which household is hosting the day. The people in the middle change as nieces and nephews get married. And most fun of all, the person at the end of the line changes as new babies are born into the family. That’s the nature of Traditions – they are repeated year after year, but they are never exactly the same.
And so it is with this year’s production of A Christmas Carol. The grumpy old man at the front of the line is still the same, but there are many fresh-faced family members lining up at the top of the Christmas Carol stairs as well. I hope you enjoy watching us march down the stairs as much as we have enjoyed the marching! To paraphrase Scrooge’s Nephew, Fred, “We have made this play in homage to Christmas.” We sincerely hope this production of A Christmas Carol feeds and delights your Christmas spirit.
A Merry Christmas to us all, my dears. God Bless Us, Every One!