From “A Christmas Carol” in A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings by Charles Dickens:
“‘It’s Christmas Day!’ said Scrooge to himself. ‘I haven’t missed it. The Spirits have done it all in one night…. I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a school-boy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to all the world!…’
“He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world. Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset; and knowing that such as these would be blind anyway, he thought it quite as well that they should wrinkle up their eyes in grins, as have the malady in less attractive forms. His own heart laughed: and that was quite enough for him….
“He had no further intercourse with Spirits … 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!”
Below I’ve accumulated all my holiday photo galleries from this year’s “Days to Christmas” series. Click the links atop each gallery if you would like to see the original posts and the quotations I selected to go with them.
Thanks for reading, and taking a look … and:
Merry Christmas everyone!
Nine Days To Christmas: Four Santas, Two Gnomes, One Jester, and Some Very Skinny Reindeer
Eight Days To Christmas: Tiny Baubles
Seven Days To Christmas: Red and Green (and One Jolly Chimp)
Six Days To Christmas: Silver and Gold
Five Days To Christmas: When Nature Does the Decorating
Four Days To Christmas: Winter Solstice
Three Days To Christmas: A Gathering of Angels, One (Tasmanian) Devil, and One Small Dog
Two Days to Christmas: The Light Still Shines
One Day To Christmas: Happy Christmas Eve!