A Christmas Carol

About this time of year I try and read A Christmas Carolby Charles Dickens. It is what Christmas is all about – family and the joy of giving.

I have a black and white film version 1951 A Christmas Carol: starring Alastair Sim as Scrooge and Kathleen Harrison – a classic.

This year I am sending a few Christmas cards to old friends. It is a special card designed at school by my six year old grandson Archie.

For everyone else in Hertford I would like to pass on this message – unashamedly copied from A Christmas Carol – says it all!

Scrooge was better than his word ……. he became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world.

Mr Fizziwig's Ball by John Leech from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Mr Fizziwig’s Ball by John Leech

It was always said of him that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!

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By John Barber

John Barber was born in London at the height of the UK Post War baby boom. He had careers in Advertising, International Banking and the Wine Industry before becoming Town Centre Manager in his home town of Hertford. He has been writing professionally since 1996 when he began to contribute articles to magazines on social and local history. His first published book in 2002 was a non-fiction work entitled The Camden Town Murder, a hitherto unsolved murder case from 1907.