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By John M. Grondelski, The Catholic Thing, Dec. 20, 2022
John Grondelski (Ph.D., Fordham) is a former associate dean of the School of Theology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. All views herein are exclusively his.
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is often regarded as just a children’s story or reduced to a lesson in seasonal greed versus generosity. But Dickens was writing for adults in 1843, and we moderns would be wrong to limit or flatten its various meanings.
The Carol has a lot to say, for example, about marriage, parenthood, and money. The way the story unfolds tells us more than just what early Victorian England might have thought about those things; it can speak a lot to us today.
People are more important than things. While that seems obvious as a principle, it isn’t – and not just because of our current Christmas riot of consumption. …