Christmas is not only a time for Santa, gifts, decorated trees, and merriment. The Christmas season carries with it a deeper sense of purpose, of sharing our blessings, of giving to those less fortunate, and of reliving the years past – both good and bad- and looking ahead with anticipation.
Giving does not come easy to a lot of people. Many are more interested in what they get out of life than what they put into it. Charles Dickens did an outstanding job identifying this in his characters. As you know it was the spirit or spirits of Christmas who enabled Scrooge to first see the need for giving, and helped him to dip into his pocket and share with his fellow man. The closing lines of A Christmas Carol read, “. . . It was always said of Scrooge that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed that knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And may so as Tiny Tim observed, ‘God bless us, every one.’”
Joyce approached the Dickens line as a challenge and an opportunity. She remembers: “We first introduced Scrooge in 1983, thinking that Bob, Mrs. Cratchit and Tiny Tim would join Scrooge in succeeding years as they each had a lesson to teach.
“My earliest characters had even more exaggerated faces then those of today, perhaps because I, like Dicken’s, look for the story behind each person. Dicken’s time was not perfect, and he didn’t write about beautiful people. He enjoyed his characters, many of whom were from the lower strata of society, for their personalities. The public, however, remembers the Victorian era as romantic, so I adapted the faces of the figurines to better suit their tastes. For me, Scrooge was the antithesis of this look, and the opportunity to present the more spiritual aspect of the holiday.”