December 23, 2018
Greatest Christmas Story Ever Told: Love
Take a moment to watch Muppet’s Christmas Carol.
- Ebenezer Scrooge and Bob Cratchit lead very different lives. Scrooge has many resources and very little love while Cratchit has very few resources and much love. How does Scrooge come to value wealth so much? What are the benefits of his pursuit of his wealth in the life he lives? What are the consequences of his pursuit of wealth?
- There are two scenes in the movie where we see into people’s inner homes. Scrooge’s nephew, Fred, plays a game like Twenty Questions with his wife and friends where they laugh and make fun of Scrooge. On the other hand, his employee, Cratchit, toasts Scrooge as the founder of this feast. If the scenes in the inner homes show us about their inner hearts, what would you learn? Think about the last week or so and the scenes in your inner heart and homes. What might you see about yourself? How might you rewrite the scenes again in the future or even better yet, replay the good scenes with new characters?
- Scrooge is really critical of the “burden” of the poor on society and views them from a very detached position. As the story unfolds, his view changes (mostly because of his experience with Tiny Tim). At the end of the movie, Scrooge moves from a detached position and is more involved in loving his neighbors. How might these decisions to love be more effective in transforming Scrooge and his neighbors then just writing a check? How might we seek out ways to love the people in our community?
Who are some people in your life that need a gift of your time and love, even more than a perfect present? What Christmas memory can you make with them before the end of the year?