Perhaps one of the more important lessons in Charles Dickens Christmas Carol is not so much focused on Christmas, but is embodied in something the Spirit of Present says,
“This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased. Deny it! Slander those who tell it ye!”
So much of the hatred and war in this world is fueled by ignorance. People fear what they don’t understand, and instead of taking the time to educate themselves it becomes easier to fight against it. Force something they don’t understand, that doesn’t fit their peramaters of life, to change until it fits and becomes something else. Our production of Christmas Carol performs this line as urgent and threatening. The urgency is that this lesson must be learned if Scrooge is to be saved from his future. His ignorance of the good things in life and their value condemn him to a death were no one cares.
Being in the holiday spirit is not the most important theme of Christmas Carol, but it is the one everyone focuses on. Rather the change in Scrooge, how he opens his eyes to those around him and begins to understand more than just his little life and bubble, but understands how he fits in the larger picture.