Monday, December 29, 2008


As I mentioned in a previous post, "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens is a favorite Christmas tradition at our house. Before the days of VCRs and DVDs, it was a read-aloud story. Now it has become a movie-watching event. As collectors of Beyer's Carolers, we were delighted when they released carolers based on our favorite Christmas story.

Jacob Marley appears to Scrooge on Christmas Eve:

The Ghost of Christmas Past shows Scrooge happier Christmases when his employer Fezziwig gave parties for the employees. Here Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig dance a jig:

The Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge to the Cratchit home to see the Cratchits and Tiny Tim:

The most-feared Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come silently guides Scrooge to glimpse into the future.

If you still have guests, I hope you are enjoying them as much as we are. Today the sun is shining brightly for the first time in a couple of weeks. We are still in a severe drought category and are entering our third consecutive year of drought. We are hoping the winter rains will replenish our piece of earth. I hope you are safe and happy whatever the weather.
In the words of Tiny Tim, "God bless us. Everyone."


Shelley said...

A christmas carol is one of my absolute favorite stories! Hope your drought ends soon - hope the golden girls are doing well!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Carolyn: I love the figurines from a neat story. It has always been one of my favorites at Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Did you know that the reason Marley's jaw had a cloth wrapped around it is because the dead often had open mouths. This would freak out the people during open wakes, so this was done to alleviate that.

Cheryl said...

What a wonderful family tradition.....
I used to live near Charles Dickens house......The city of Rochester celebrate every year by having a Dickens Festival. People dress in is fun to be amongst it.....

Glad that you are enjoying time with family......

Tina said...

I love all the pictures of your Dickens figures and how you presented them in your post. What a nice family tradition.
Living in the same community as Beyers Choice, ltd. and being a teacher, now retired, I had both their sons in class.
I am glad you are enjoying their dolls.I have purchased several myself and so enjoy their detail and craftsmanship.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Neat post, Carolyn. We too love "The Christmas Carol." We watch it every year --and also "It's a Wonderful Life" AND "White Christmas." OH--those traditions.. They are special.

George said...

A great post -- I love the figurines. We, too, are looking forward to an end of the drought.

Kim said...

Love your carolers. I could never have them in my house because they would get ruined so it's a treat to see them in pictures.

NCmountainwoman said...

Shelley - Thanks. And I hope you are feeling better.

Fishing guy - We love it no matter how often we hear it.

Science guy - I did know that, although I'm not sure which is more freaky, the wrapping or the open jaw.

Cheryl - I must get to England some day. What a great festival that must be.

Tina - How interesting! I would love to take a tour of the facility.

Betsy - Same here, except we don't watch "White Christmas" unless we happen to catch it on TV.

George - We will be down about 15 inches by the end of the year.

Kallen - Excepting the Hummel nativity, most of the more fragile decorations were added after the kids got to be 10 or so. Guess they will disappear when we have grandchildren.