by Sarah Squires
From: Hannah Peratt
13 years old, Winona
I believe that the message of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is still needed in today’s society. However, I decided to do a modern take on Fred’s “Merry Christmas” speech.
Fred: Merry Christmas, Uncle. God save you!
Scrooge: Christmas? Humbug! What reason have you to wish me a Merry Christmas? I don’t believe in Christ! I find it highly insulting that you would expect me to respond to such nonsense. A lot of good it does me, wishing me “Merry Christmas” when I don’t believe in it.
Fred: Well, I beg to differ. It’s absurd to be offended upon being wished a “Merry Christmas.” Why can’t you just take it in the spirit in which it was meant? If you were in Israel and someone wished you a Happy Hanukkah, would you be upset? Of course not! Likewise, if you were in an Islamic country and someone greeted you for Ramadan, would you be insulted? No! You would take it in the spirit in which it was meant, to be polite and to wish you a pleasant celebration and blessings for the season. Who doesn’t want to be wished that? Well, that is exactly what I am doing now. And, even if it won’t do you any good, it certainly won’t do you any harm, either. So I say it again, “Merry Christmas, Uncle!”
So wish everyone a Merry Christmas without regret this Christmas season, and in all the ones to come. I wish everyone reading this a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.