The Meaning of Christmas - The Conversion of Scrooge
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This is a real tear-jerker - I guarantee there will not be a dry eye in the house after this one! How can a group of carol singers possibly hope to melt the ice-cold heart of one .... Mr. Scrooge!?! Things don't seem too promising - given the number of Bah! Humbugs! But have patience - unlikely as it may seem, Mr. Scrooge is about to become .... a second Good King Wenceslas!
Music 4 The Holly and the Ivy
Scrooge: Bah! I'd have had the whole lot outlawed!
Child 11: Which is exactly what happened in Scotland, in 1583; and then in England when Oliver Cromwell and his lot took over.
Scrooge: Good for them! Good sense prevailing at last!
Child 12: Christmas returned with the restoration of the monarchy in 1660
Child 13: But it wasn't until the reign of Queen Victoria that Christmas really came into its own again.
Scrooge: Double Bah!
Child 14: The German nation had always gone in for Christmas in a big way - one and a half months, that's 16 days of festivities!
Child 15: Don't you mean, Hamburg?!
Child 16: When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert, from Germany, he brought over plenty of Christmas spirit with him!
Scrooge: Bah! Lucky I wasn't on Customs! I'd never have let him through!
Child 17: He also brought the first Christmas tree to Windsor Castle
Child 18: And Christmas cards appeared, with even more carol singing!
Music 5 We wish you a merry Christmas
Scrooge: Bah! Those Victorians! They have a lot to answer for!
Child 19: But if it hadn't been for the writings of Charles Dickens, you would not be here now!
Child 20: Time for another ‘Christmas Carol'?
Music 6 Good King Wenceslas
Scrooge: Foolish man! Fancy getting his feet cold - just to save a good for nothing pauper!
Child 21: But that is what Christmas is all about! It's about
Whole cast: Giving!
Child 22: To those less fortunate than yourself. It's about
Whole cast: Family time!
Child 23: Spending time with your family, enjoying each other's love. It's about
Child 24: Putting up Christmas decorations!
Child 25: Eating Christmas dinner!
Child 26: Opening presents!
Child 27: Kissing under the mistletoe!
Whole Cast: (Groaning) Ugh!
Scrooge: Exactly! Ugh! All this excess! It's just too much! Thank goodness I'm spending Christmas alone .... again.
(Child 28 runs across the stage, and flings his arms around Scrooge)
Child 28: But Mr. Scrooge! You can't be alone! Not at Christmas!
1. Jingle Bells
2. Silent Night
3. O Little Town of Bethlehem
4. The Holly and the Ivy
5. We wish you a merry Xmas
6. Good King Wenceslas
7. Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly