It's a Good Year to Celebrate Like Scrooge

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With all the supply chain chaos, inflation, and uncertainty in the economy, this year is a perfect time to celebrate Christmas in the manner of Ebenezer Scrooge.

If you’re superficially familiar with Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, the first thought that may come to mind is that I’m suggesting you celebrate Christmas like a cold-hearted skinflint. After all, Ebenezer Scrooge is the most famous miser in literary history. With the economic uncertainty, most of us could logically support following his example of spending less, or even nothing, as we observe the holidays.

Perhaps we could look at this a different way, however, and consider celebrating Christmas in the way Scrooge did after the visits of the Spirits of Christmases Past, Present, and Future transformed him. This might seem as if I’m going to the opposite extreme and advising you to go overboard and buy lavish gifts for everyone on your list. That’s not it, either. After all, A Christmas Carol does not end with, “Then Scrooge maxed out his credit cards to buy Tiny Tim the latest smartphone and get the Cratchits a big-screen TV.”

It is true that when the transformed Scrooge woke up and realized it was still Christmas morning, he promptly started spending money. He bought a prize turkey for the Cratchit family’s dinner, lavishly tipping the boy who took his message to the poulterer. He donated generously to a charity he had previously spurned. Nor did his spending stop with the holiday. He substantially raised Bob Cratchit’s salary, continued his charitable giving, and increased what he spent on amenities in his home and office.