Alastair Sim will always be Scrooge to me.
The film of the same name was made in 1951, so a few years before I was born, but his portrayal of the miser is infamous and by far the best character adaptation from the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol (imo of course).
There have been umpteen versions since starring Patrick Stewart, Bill Murray, Albert Finney, George C Scott, Michael Caine, and Donald Duck.
Well, without being presumptuous and not being part of the acting profession, you can add my name to that list.
It was bad enough when the gift shop on the High Street started the countdown from 100 Big Sleeps to Christmas, and yesterday a radio station dedicated the entire evening to Christmas songs (it’s November for chrissakes!), but Sir Bob has decided to release YET ANOTHER version of Do They Know It’s Christmas and I’m sick of it, good cause or not.
We have not had a decent NEW Christmas record for years, bar Leona Lewis One More Sleep last year (again imho). Every year it’s the same old songs, same old groups/artists and the same old rip offs.
With everything being advertised so early, my sympathies are with harassed parents trying to make ends meet and keeping ‘Little Tommy’ and ‘Darling Sarah’ happy on The Big Day.
I’ve had my fair share of the expense of The Festive Season, hundreds of pounds spent for a few hours, and months of hard work trying to pay it all off. Even starting my Christmas Shop in August to spread the cost still didn’t cut the overall bill, but having wrapped and labelled the presents when purchased, by the time Dec 25 came along, I was as excited as the recipient, as I’d forgotten what I’d bought.
Poundland are making a mint as they sell loads of stuff for, oh yeah, £1.
Who cares if it isn’t made to last (although some of the DIY merchandise is actually quite good and practical). Kids get fed up and bored after a couple of hours anyway, and many get so much, it all gets dumped in a cupboard and forgotten before New Year.
Instead of families trying to outdo each other with cost/size/whatever, go the other way and see who can get the naffest gift for £1.
Whoopee cushions and a set of brightly coloured plastic ducks always go down well, especially with adults who, at this time of year, are Big Kids anyway.
Or if you want to stick to black and white (as was our 1951 film) :
Always good for settling the stomach after a bit of overindulgence.