It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And there is no better Christmas story than that of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.
It’s the story of a miserly old rich guy who has no heart for people.
After being visited by three ghosts and some bad and good memories he realizes that Christmas is all about loving your fellow man and learns his lesson just in time for Christmas morning.
Dickens wrote it in just six weeks time in 1843 as a way to get some extra money for his family. Initially it was a financial flop but since it’s publishing date of December 19th 1843 it has never been out of print and has been done on TV in the movies on stage as an opera and as just a reading.
And it contains all the elements of a great country song. Have’s vs. have nots. Loss of love. Heartbreak. And of course, ghosts!
Through the years, as any country song it’s main character has been played by countless stars including George C. Scott, Alistair Sim, Kelsey Grammer and Patric Stewart to name a a few and even our own Tom Atkins plays Scrooge here with the CLO every Christmas season as a musical.
No it’s not a country song yet but one of these years the Ghost of Christmas Nashville will visit and before you know it….you will be visited by three ghosts of country past….Hank, Patsy and Waylon…..