ColLINKtion: A Christmas Carol

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A few years ago, my husband took me to the Great American Melodrama & Vaudeville in Oceano. We were living nearby at the time, and we’d heard the Christmas show was a lot of fun. So, there we were in this small, square Victorian-style playhouse with wooden bleacher seats on the three walls opposite the stage and a sawdust-covered floor with tables in the middle. The place was packed with people. We sat at a table with two nice older ladies we’d never met before. People were eating and drinking and having a right ol’ merry time.

After a group singalong that put the pink in my cheeks, the lights dimmed and the first show started. They did “A Christmas Carol.” I’d seen the play before — and, of course, I’d read the book — but this was the first time big, fat tears rolled down my cheeks. I’m not an overly sentimental person, but there I was mopping up my face in front of a bunch of strangers.

For the kind of guy he was, it’s amazing how many of Dickens’ novels prescribe Christian love as the antidote to society’s ills. Even though “love one another” is an old, old story, when someone reimagines it, we always sit back and say, “Remarkable.”

So, that’s why “A Christmas Carol” is my theme for this week’s ColLINKtion. Here are my Victorian Christmas favs — and many of them are FREE!

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1. Victorian Carolers Wall Hanging by LoisLeigh Anderson

2. Crocheted Top Hat by Tara Murray

3. Christmas Pudding by June Gilbank {FREE!} Remember Mrs. Cratchit served it?

4. Chain Link Crochet Necklace by Shara Lambeth {FREE!} Inspired by Marley’s Ghost

5. Ladies’ Yoke Cape by Columbia Yarns {FREE authentic vintage pattern!}

6. Winter White Sophie Coat with Bird-Buttons by Ingunn Santini

7. A Maiden’s Glory by Erssie Major {FREE!} A nod to the Ghost of Christmas Present

8. Winter Berries Wreath Necklace by Lina’s Land {FREE!}

As Christmas Day nears, I leave you with a few parting words from Dickens

I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!

God bless us, every one.

QUESTION OF THE DAY

What Christmas story touches your heart most?

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