We have an annual holiday tradition of going to see “A Christmas Carol” (this predates our time in Washington, DC and kids, for that matter). The bonus of seeing it in DC is that the play is performed at Ford’s Theatre, leading to the kids’ worst nightmare—a cultural event AND an educational event rolled into one.
The tradition has morphed into one where we go with the same family every year and enjoy dinner beforehand. (We were trying to remember how long we’ve been doing this together, and it has been at least 10 years.)
This year’s dinner was at Zaytinya, a Mediterranean tapas restaurant. The food and service were excellent.
There was a new Scrooge this year in the play, for the first time in many years. This resulted in some apprehension amongst those in the family that dislike change (not to mention names, but the Y chromosome ones). The actor who played Scrooge is Craig Wallace, and he was excellent—totally scary as the pre-repentant Scrooge and completely believable as he morphed into the repentant Scrooge. The rest of the cast, many of whom have been in this production for years, was also excellent. And Tiny Tim was terrific—he enunciated his lines clearly and was adorable.
We have enjoyed every single performance of “A Christmas Carol” over the years, and many of the lines from the play have made it into the family lexicon. But, more importantly than the quality of the production, the play serves as a reminder of what we all should aspire to be. (Just to be clear, the aspiration should be to become the repentant Scrooge.) 🙂
And so, as the holiday season draws to a close, we echo Tiny Tim’s words, “God bless us, every one!”