…no Bah-Humbugging around…

For neophyte Bah Humbuggers out there, “Bah Humbug” is an attitude espoused by Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, a book written by Charles Dickens in the 19th century that is still relevant today. Scrooge is not the nicest character (to begin with) miserly eschewing all things Christmas.

“Bah,” said Scrooge, “Humbug.” (Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol.)

Driving home yesterday evening from Hampton, battling icy sleet & traffic, I wanted to bah humbug the world, throw a warm blanket over my head and call it a night.

Instead, venturing back out into the dark braving pouring sleet mingled with snow, (usually a deterrent for Southerners), I made it to our James City County library to find a full parking lot and “A Dickens Christmas” event in full swing.

Inside the warm library a chamber group played baroque carols while aromas of roasting chestnuts and hot cider wafted by, beckoning attention. Activities loomed around every corner – crafts, puppet shows for kids, Dickensesque lectures in conference rooms, green screen photo ops with costume props, parlour games, storytelling, and harpists strumming sweet holiday melodies.

Warhill High String Ensemble, JCC Library (photo: D.Woodward)

Meandering to the back atrium of the county library (seemingly bigger & brighter than our downtown Williamsburg location), I caught a chilling ghost story reading. A Christmas Carol is a ghost story, after all: the ghosts of Christmas Past, Future & Present haunt Scrooge into a major bout of soul searching.

Spoiler alert: Scrooge eventually undergoes a change of heart in Dickens’ story.

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!” (Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol.)

Jamestown High James-Tones, JCC Library

An evening highlight came listening to Jamestown High School’s a cappella group singing traditional Christmas carols intermingled with popular favorites, including a rousing rendition of ‘Sleigh Ride’ that sounded like something from T.V.!

“It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.”  (Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol)

Meanwhile, people continued pouring in (while it was pouring sleet outside!) More music groups played, thespians put on short plays – there was so much going on it was hard to choose what next? A Plum Pudding lecture from Colonial Williamsburg Historic Foodways Journeyman, Kimberly Costa, ensnared my interest. Ms. Costa held our rapt attention to the last word of her enlightening multimedia presentation promising a taste of an authentic 19th century plum pudding. (Did you know original plum pudding had beef suet in it? Thankfully, she made hers vegetarian!)

All this is relevant to Advent, how?

Methinks we’re not meant to Scrooge around Bah Humbugging our way through this season, but open our hearts wide to the transforming power of Love and being the change we want to see in the world.

“For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.” (Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol)

grace, peace & (reformed) Bah Humbuggers

Virginia : )

JCC Library Christmas-Book-Tree!

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12 Responses to …no Bah-Humbugging around…

  1. Carol-Jo says:

    Yeah, Virginia…you have the Christmas spirit..

  2. Garfield Hug says:

    Love that novel Christmas tree made of books! Your town is filled with advent activities! Glad you were out and about to catch it all. Way better than being under a blanket 👍😃Keep warm and stay dry! Happy Sunday!🤗🤗

    • Virginia says:

      Last week I saw a Christmas book tree @ our downtown library – it had small cones around it like Santa hats. So fun!! We are blessed with lots of concerts & fun holiday happenings, but every now & then it’s good to huddle @ home nice & toasty warm. Holiday hugs!! ✨🤗✨🌟🎄🌟✨🤗✨

  3. Sounds like you had a beautiful evening… adding to this beautiful Christmas season…. No bah-humbug will ever be uttered by me. I enjoy all the aspects of it… Diane

    • Virginia says:

      Even though it was a little nerve-wracking driving thru pouring sleet, ’twas such a fun night! Forgot to mention decadent hot chocolate & food truck with treats & good eats! Blessings & holiday hugs! 🎉✨☕️✨🌟🎄🌟✨☕️🎉

  4. TMH says:

    You exemplified the Christmas spirit. Save that warm blanket for another day…probably in the throes on January. ;-}

  5. Cindy Kranich says:

    Makes me homesick for “the burg” … glad you braved the elements and could join in the festivities. Impressive re’ high school kids’ performances! I’ve never seen a book tree before…novel idea! Would be fun to do First Night ❤️

    • Virginia says:

      LoL, Cin – Book tree “a NOVEL idea!” 😜😅😜 It is cool! There’s also one @ the downtown library that has cones decorated like Santa hats around it. Wish you could teleport (sciFi parlance for instant travel from where you are to where we are) for these fun events! Much love! 💜📚🎄📚💜

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