A Very Theatrical Christmas Tradition {God Bless Us, Everyone}

“For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.” ~Charles Dickens

“Marley was dead: to begin with.”  Thus begins the first lines of the opening scene in the annual presentation of The Christmas Carol  and also a very unexpected but cherished family tradition. For the past eight years our little family of three has set off for a night of theatre, forsaking the hustle and bustle of the holiday noise to sit and be told the classic tale written by Charles Dickens in 1843.

Each year the play is presented in a different way and people from all walks of life and persuasion join in to enjoy the timeless message which never fails to touch and tenderize my heart to tears. I watch the same play in a city shrouded in darkness, and am mesmerized at the light that shines forth from this 96 year old stage in this annual production.

Sometimes the gospel shows up in the most unlikely places, and is presented in ways we hardly would expect, and yet our hearts do confirm the truth. The power of the truth of Christmas to transform a heart is a story that never grows old. Isn’t it the story of each one of us?

Watching Ebenezer Scrooge counting money, chasing away carolers, and sneering at his sole employee at the onset of the play reminds me every year to examine myself and see where I may be shutting my own heart up tight. It is a subtle thing we are prone to during difficult times when bills pile high and the pressures of daily life squeeze out our ability to see the magnificent beauty and glory of our God.

But then Tiny Tim, the child who leads us all to the truth, as children so often do, reminds us of what we all need to remember:

“He told me, coming home, that he hoped the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant to them to remember upon Christmas Day, who made lame beggars walk, and blind men see.”

Quietness in the theater, a glorious pause.

We are reminded that just as Scrooge’s heart was changed, God desires no less from us. As we turn our eyes toward the manger and learn to keep Christmas well despite the distractions, disappointments and demands of the days. After all keeping Christmas well is not a once a year endeavor but a daily awakening to the presence of God With Us. Emmanuel.

“And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!”

* Special thanks to my Mom who sends us each year!

13 Responses to A Very Theatrical Christmas Tradition {God Bless Us, Everyone}
  1. denise
    December 11, 2012 | 12:52 am

    Enjoyed this, your writing is amazing.

    • Dawn
      December 11, 2012 | 9:32 am

      I responded in comments, Denise! 😉 whoopsi!

  2. Dawn
    December 11, 2012 | 9:26 am

    So glad you enjoyed it Denise! Thanks for your kind words, I am very grateful God helps me to communicate something worthwhile and I glad when it comes through.

  3. Mia
    December 11, 2012 | 9:36 am

    Hi Dawn
    It is so nice to meet you. I also found the joy of blogging through a chronic illness. Thank you for this thoughtful post. Oh, yes, our hearts need changing, but I am glad that our Pappa God does that work.
    Much love XX

    • Dawn
      December 11, 2012 | 9:54 am

      Nice to meet you as well, Mia. I agree I am grateful it is not by power or might, but by The Spirit of God that the work of Heaven is done on Earth! Love to you, In His Grace, Dawn

  4. Charis
    December 11, 2012 | 1:02 pm

    that sounds like a very special family time. that story packs so much punch!

    • Dawn
      December 11, 2012 | 1:52 pm

      Hmmm, but did it deliver a knockout punch? Just kidding. It really is a special time that we all enjoy- a true blessing. Glad to be in the ring with you, my friend sharing these traditions!

  5. Pam M.
    December 11, 2012 | 4:40 pm

    A change of scenery — how cool to see you here, my friend. What a hauntingly beautiful post, with a grand message for all of us. But most especially for me.

    Thank you, dear one.

    • Dawn
      December 11, 2012 | 10:42 pm

      Pam, Thank you for “following” me here. You are the best bloggy BFF a girl could have.Thank you for always getting “it”! 😉

  6. Susie Klein
    December 12, 2012 | 11:00 pm

    Wow…again! Seems I am always “wowing” you! This was so lovely and tender. Hubs and I love watching the movie so much! It truly is a beautiful transformation story!

    • Dawn
      December 13, 2012 | 3:20 am

      It is a wow, kind of story, Susie- and since our own Savior used stories to communicate truth so often, it makes me appreciate it all the more!

  7. Carol Hatcher
    December 13, 2012 | 11:20 am

    Great post, Dawn! 🙂 I loved it.

    • Dawn
      December 14, 2012 | 9:07 am

      Thanks so much, Carol! God is so good to use all things to teach us.