I don’t golf. I don’t collect cars. So, I learned how to make a village that told the story of Scrooge. I hope you enjoy my little village video and the pictures.
In 1843, Dickens was the most famous writer in England. Early that year, he made a strange request. “Show me the most horrible parts of London.” He set out with a guide late one night. He thought he had steeled himself for what he might see. But nothing could have prepared him for the unbridled horror of seeing abandoned children living like animals in sub zero weather.
Scarred for life, Dickens vowed he would strike a “sledge-hammer blow . . . on behalf of the Poor Man’s Child.” He penned a tract entitled An appeal on behalf of the poor man’s child.
When and how the miracle happened is a matter of debate. Many say that God gave Dickens a special message. God told him his pamphlet would only have a limited impact but an original story would have endless impact.
Thus he created the sledge—hammer: A Christmas Carol.
The following are excerpts for Charles Dickens info.com
It only took Dickens about six weeks to write A Christmas Carol. Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit helped speed up the process. When Dickens wrote he “saw” his characters much like the way that young Ebenezer Scrooge saw the characters from the books he had read. As Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol he said that the Cratchits were “ever tugging at his coat sleeve, as if impatient for him to get back to his desk and continue “the story of their lives”.
“Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.” This line appears toward the beginning of the novel. Dickens included this because of a dream. He had dreamt that one of his good friends was pronounced to be “as dead Sir . . . as a door-nail”.
The Cratchit family is based on Dickens’ childhood home life. He lived in poor circumstances in a “two up two down” four roomed house which he shared with his parents and five siblings. Like Peter Cratchit, young Charles, the eldest boy, was often sent to pawn the family’s goods when money was tight. Like many poor families, the Cratchits had nothing in which to roast meat. They relied on the ovens of their local baker which were available on Sundays and Christmas when the bakery was closed.
A Christmas Carol was first published in 1843. Initially six thousand copies of the book were printed. More copies were ordered after the first printing was sold in only five days.
Why does the story of Scrooge impact me so deeply? First, it gives me—as well as most who have heard the story—a deep need to help the poor.
However, it hits me just as hard in another way. It shows the power of creativity with a cause. It shows us that we can be original without softening the blow of truth. It shows us that God can deliver a sledge hammer to a corrupt culture in ways we never imagined.
Scrooge rebukes cowardly Christian celebrities who can’t declare the whole counsel God and think it they are being creative when they hide truth.
Scrooge is also a spanking to the lazy preachers who refuse to press in and find a fresher way to deliver timeless truth. We are not supposed to give out the truth like a cold plate of stale food.
Scrooge reminds us that God stands ready to give us power to pierce a culture with new weapons that are both fresh and effective.