Scrooge. The Grinch. Mr. Potter—not Harry—the miserable old coot in the wheelchair from the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life. These are a few of my favorite Christmas Baddies—those characters who challenge, set up road blocks, and create a swill of holiday ‘uncheer’ for the heroes of their stories. They’re fun to watch and read about, these naysayers of Christmas crank. Can’t they possibly see how wrong they are? That they are creating their reality? No. No they can’t.
My favorite character to date has got to be Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. He’s like a fly in a spider’s web that keeps struggling against his true self until he gets all wrapped up in what he’s created (thoughts, beliefs, attitudes) that it’s almost too late to save himself against himself. I mean, it really takes a meeting with the Grim Reaper to jar that tightwad into a philanthropist? Really?
The GrinchThen there’s Dr. Suess’s, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Stink. Stank. Stunk. That little green creature makes the
Martians in H.G. Wells novel, War of the Worlds approachable, cute, and cuddly. Thank goodness for people like Sue Who. She knew what this Christmas Spirit was all about, and influenced that miserable green Grinch’s heart to open and expand three times its size. You can take away the presents, decorations, candy, and that roast beast, but not the true meaning of Christmas—not the love. Cheers to all you Sue Whos of the world!
Finally, there’s crotchety old Mr. Potter. Kind of like a Mr. Scrooge, but much worse. He had no ghosts of Christmas past, present or future to visit him. He only had plucky George Bailey, who really didn’t want to stick around Bedford Falls anyway. Let’s face it, if George had left, then Mr. Potter’s life would have been a hell of a lot easier. But it took an angel like Clarence to set George straight and stand up against all those ‘Mr. Potters’ of the world. Kudos Clarence!
So even storybook Christmas Baddies have something to teach the world, and continue to do so throughout their ‘fictional’ lives. And with the publishing business continuing to evolve and grow, that’s a long, long, long time. Who’s your favorite Christmas Baddie? Love to hear from you! Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday. Bah Humbug and Cheers!