The Archaeology in Tennessee blog would like to take this opportunity to wish its readers, the members of their families, and their friends a Merry Christmas. In so doing, we would also like to remind you that we celebrate this holiday because of the miraculous birth and life of Jesus in ancient times. One of the greatest proponents of Jesus and his mission was Charles Dickens, the humorous and lovable old Boz who wrote A Christmas Carol. Many of you might be interested to know that the small library in Rugby, Tennessee, has a rare first edition copy of the book.
A Christmas Carol is a wonderful story that examines the darkest corners of the human heart and holds out hope that even the most cantankerous and crusty among us can be redeemed from their curmudgeonly condition to keep the spirit of Christmas all year. Within this warming holiday story, Charles Dickens also issued a small but grave warning to those dark-hearted individuals who are never fortunate enough to be visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future. In the 1960s, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reiterated this warning by resurrecting and simplifying an old quote from Theodore Parker, a contemporary of Charles Dickens:
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
What was this Christmas warning from the pen of Charles Dickens? The following video excerpt presents it essentially as it was presented in A Christmas Carol, and we dedicate it to those among us who most need to see and hear it this Christmas.