Clarksville, is decked out for the holidays much like “A Christmas Carol” based on the novel by Charles Dickens.
In 1843 when Dickens wrote the novel, he could not have known how many generations it would touch. The ghosts of Christmas past, present and future have shown many people what selfishness and selflessness can look like in the same man.
We see the miserly Scrooge with no friends, living a miserable life at the beginning of the movie and a generous and happy man at the end of the movie, surrounded by friends and reunited with the family he had rejected.
We wonder how Dickens might have portrayed Scrooge differently if he were alive and writing the novel today?
Would the Scrooge at the beginning of the story wait in lines on Black Friday so he could save a few dollars on a television he had been wanting? Would he be pushing and shoving other customers and arguing loudly with clerks?
Or would he avoid the crowds and shop online on Cyber Monday to get those deals? I imagine Scrooge would do neither, because he would rather save his money and do without.
We can easily imagine how a modern Scrooge would be portrayed? At the beginning of the story he would be holding tightly onto his money and at the end of the story he would be sharing generously with those around him.
Clarksville will be hosting a “Giving Back Saturday” on Saturday, Dec. 19. The area shops will remain open late for shopping until 7 p.m. Bring your lists and check them twice. Many local shop owners will be giving back to their customers by showing their appreciation through many discounts and deals.
Don’t forget refreshments and treats along the way! There will also be a collection location at the corner of Howard and First Streets for new and gently used toys and non-perishable food items. These items will be donated to local families in need this Christmas.
Unsoiled stuffed animals and toys in all shapes and sizes are needed for Santa’s upcoming delivery. Remember, you are helping make local children have a better Christmas.
A Christmas card box will also be available to drop off cards that will be delivered to a local nursing home. Fill out a Christmas card or have the kids design a few extra to bring along.
In the end Scrooge learned that by helping others, he was blessed himself. The Scrooge at the end of the story is happy, giddy even. He stops the man on the street he had turned away the day before and tells him he will give generously to his cause.
The new and improved Scrooge also makes sure Tiny Tim gets everything he needs to improve too. Tiny Tim’s, “God bless us everyone” is a powerful message.
After the last spirit left Scrooge, the man promised, “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
The Christmas spirit is alive and well in historic Clarksville. With the hustle and bustle of the season, we often forget to take time and experience the beauty that the season beholds.
Come see all the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas; as you stroll through the downtown district of Clarksville. Shop windows are adorned with trees, twinkling lights and holiday displays.
Santa Land is open for the season and will remain open later until 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19. Santa Land is free to attend.
Pike County’s oldest home, the Elgin/Cottrell Museum is decorated with nine beautifully embellished trees and all the holiday finery. Make sure to make a reservation to see this beautifully decorated home while in Clarksville.
For more information, call the Clarksville Community Chamber of Commerce at 573-242-3132.