A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens first published by Chapman & Hallon 19 December 1843. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooges ideological, ethical, andemotional transformation after the supernatural visits of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of ChristmasPast, Present, and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim.
It is about a rich mean miser Ebenezer Scrooge who is only concerned about making money. Hedoesn’t care people around him, except exploiting and intimidating them for his own monetarygain. Mr Scooge particularly hates Christmas, as he says it only find himself a year older and notan hour richer. Then one night before Christmas, the ghost of his ex-partner Jacob Marley whodied seven Christmas Eves ago, came to visit him.
The late Marley was also a selfish miser, who is now suffering the consequences of his misdeed inthe afterlife. Marley comes back to help Scrooge avoid the same fate, as he is now in. He tellsScrooge that he will be haunted by three spirits: the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future.These 10 moral lessons are summarized for all of us to know the true meaning of our lives :
Lesson # 1 : Learn to Value SimplicityMoney is not everything. It is the only thing. The aim of life should not be to accumulate as manypossessions and as much wealth as possible. We should learn to be content with what we haveand appreciate the benefits of simplicity. For example, if we clear out our unnecessary clutter wewill achieve a greater feeling of space and freedom.
"External heat and cold hadlittle influence on Scrooge. Nowarmth could warm, no wintryweather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he, no falling snow was more intent upon its purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty."
Lesson # 2 : Do Not Be Attached to Your MoneyA good attitude is to see money as a circular flow – that is, spending money enables more to comeinto our lives. It is not like a big dam where we just try to hold onto it all. We need to let the money outby spending on useful and necessary things. It is no good having a stockpile of water unless we use itto generate power; similarly it is no use accumulating large savings if we feel miserable spending it.
Lesson # 3 : Don’t Live to WorkDo you find yourself working overtime in the evenings and at the weekend? If you spend all your timeworking, you will have no opportunity to spend your earnings. Don’t feel guilty for turning extra workdown; it is important to give leisure time as high a priority as work. It is good if we can gain satisfactionfrom work, but if we only spend time working then our life lacks a proper balance.
In life, my spirit never rose beyond the limits of our money-changingholes! Now I am doomed to wander without rest or peace, incessant torture and remorse! - Marley’s Ghost
Lesson # 4 : You Cant Take It With You When You DieOn the night before Christmas, Ebeneezer is visited by the ghost of his old business partner, JacobMarley. He is wrapped in chains and says that in the afterlife people are punished for their sins bybeing forced to carry heavy chains all the time. When we die we leave everything on earth. Wedont take anything with us. Even the richest people cannot take their money with them after death.
It is required of every man that thespirit within him should walk abroad among his fellow men! If it goes notforth in life, it is condemned to do so after death! It is doomed to wander through the world! Oh, woe is me!And witness what it cannot share but MIGHT HAVE SHARED on Earth and turned to happiness! - Marley’s Ghost
Lesson # 5 : Learn From Others’ MistakesCommitting mistakes is almost inherent to the learning process, but it is the ability to learn from others’failures and successes that differentiate between an achiever and an under performer. Life is short,competition for success is hectic and the circumstances are unforgiving. Learning can be moved toa fast track mode if and only if we learn through observation, and not necessarily self experience.
Ah! You do not know the weight and length of strong chain you bear yourself! It was as full and as long as this seven Christmas eves ago and you have labored on it since. Ah, it is a ponderous chain!
Lesson # 6 : Always Be Grateful For What You HaveIn the story, even though Tiny Tim comes from a poor family, yet he appreciatesthe simple warmth and wealth of just being around loved ones. It is trying to tellus that we should be grateful for what we have now.
It is better to be an optimistic personthan a pessimistic person. If you look at the world with a good attitude itnot only makes you happy but makeseveryone around you happy. Then life becomes so much better.
We can dream and aspire for bigger and better things in life, but to alwaysremember that everything is from God. And to always be happy and thankful for what we have at this moment. This is our service in this world.
Lesson # 7 : The Past : What Lessons Have You Learned?The Ghost – Past represents the light, the wisdom, or the experiences that you have gained fromthe past, so let go of the mistakes and keep only the lessons to improve your present and futurelife. Scrooge realizes that he is a miserable, lonely, bad old man and he has lost all the love andhope he had as a young man. He resolves to be a good person and help The Poor and needy.
Let go of the past! Scrooge is burdened with the weight of his sisters death and his rejection of his sweetheart. That is why hedespises Christmas so much! BUTSERIOUSLY, LET GO OF THE PAST!!! Think of how many times you regretted doing something???
Lesson # 8 : The Present : Do The Most Important ThingsYou are the one, who make the choice for yourself today and this moment, whether you arepoor or rich. You can choose to make a happy life for today. Do your best for today and thefuture will take care of itself. The moral of the story is that being rich is not as important asbeing happy and that happiness is found in helping others.
Happiness has very little to dowith wealth -- as long as a personhas enough to live on, he can be cheerful and contented. Money cant buy happiness.
Also, Scrooge realizes later that money can alienate us from ourfellow man, and true happiness only comes from love and family.
Christmas is a time for sharing and warmth and understanding. That humanbeings cannot live isolated lives, depending on no one with no one depending on them. To take care of family, and spend time with them, because they are one of the most important things that we have.
Lesson # 9 : The Future : Leave The LegacyWhat if your success inspires someone you love to begin following their own dreams? What if theycome to you and say, "You inspired me to do this for myself; I cant thank you enough!" And what ifTHEY do something that makes a huge impact on the world - all because you decided to go for yourown dreams and do something meaningful with your life. What a great legacy to leave behind!
To be kind and thoughtful of others, because how we treatpeople in this life will follow us long after this earthly life has passed....
Lesson # 10 : Change Yourself, Change The WorldAfter being visited by these three ghosts and witnessing scenes from his life, Scrooge wakes upwith a new lease of life. He has becomes a different man overnight. He now see life with a newperspective on life and realizes the importance of people around him in his life. If you changeyour ways of thinking today, it will be the first day of your world that has been changed.
Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence,what opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits him ifhe does not change his ways. Scrooge is faced with his own story of growing bitterness andmeanness, and must decide what his own future will hold: death or redemption.
"Its Christmas Day!" said Scrooge to himself. "I havent missed it. The Spirits have done it all in one night. They can do anything they like. Of course they can. Of course they can."
“Try not to become a man of success, but rather to become a man of value. He is considered successful in our day who gets more out of life that he puts in. But a man of value - will give more than he receives.”
“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone!” - Charles Dickens Have a Merry Christmas Sompong Yusoontorn