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Tickets to “A Christmas Carol” at the Cumming Playhouse are $25 each and can be purchased online at www.playhousecumming.com or by calling (770) 781-9178. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 21.

I love Christmastime. I love the decorations, music, glitter, lights, smell of pine, food, traditions and gifts — all of it.

I don’t even mind that stores decorate too early, although I know many people have a problem with the “commercialization” of Christmas. Still, I love pretty much everything about it.

Another thing I love about this time of year is Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” We own a handful of various movie versions, and we watch all of them at least once during December.

I enjoy the traditional versions, as well as the more “modern” ones. I particularly like when we go see the “live” version performed on stage. In my mind, nothing beats a well done, live performance.

I am super excited to go see the Gypsy Theatre’s production, which opened Friday night and will run through Dec. 21st at the Cumming Playhouse.

Under the leadership of artistic director Mercury, who goes by only his first name, Gypsy lways does such a phenomenal job with its productions. I’m certain this will be a fantastic show.

And just FYI. When I logged on to buy our tickets for next weekend’s show, they were nearly sold out. So, hurry and reserve seats if you haven’t already done so.

The playhouse is such a charming venue. There really isn’t a bad seat in the house.

There is something so nostalgic about seeing a show in what used to be the only school in Cumming. Our community is truly lucky to have such a place.

I was interested to rediscover some facts about Charles Dickens and his beloved story.

Dickens was born in England in 1812. His father was imprisoned due to debt he owed when the younger Dickens was 12.

The young Dickens was forced to work in a factory, even after his father was released from prison three years later.

Seeing and experiencing the conditions of children working in factories during that time profoundly influenced Dickens. Many of his works — think “Oliver Twist” — reflect that.

In his late teens, Dickens became a reporter and then went on write numerous short stories, the first of which were published when he was 21. At that time, he married Catherine Hogarth and the couple went on to have nine children.

Dickens’ stories and characters were wildly popular and were published in book form in 1837. He was considered the most popular author of the day.

Dickens continued to publish stories and books every year or so. “A Christmas Carol” reportedly took him just six weeks to write and was published in 1843.

As far as the story goes, we’re all familiar with it. Who doesn’t love a story about a positive transformation?

Add in colorful characters, ghosts and an excellent storyline, and there is truly something for everybody.

I love how you cannot help watching “A Christmas Carol” and think about your own life — past, present and what you hope the future holds.

As we get older, surely all of us think about what our legacy will be and how people will remember us when we are gone from this earth.

Dickens himself, surely because of his own childhood, had tremendous sympathy for the poor, especially children who had no other recourse or choice when it came to their plight in life.

“A Christmas Carol” embodies what we all innately know, that humans are capable of being horrible and also of changing who they are and becoming inspirational beings.

In addition, the changes we make and who we are, can greatly affect others.

When Ebenezer Scrooge had his epiphany and changed from a miserly, miserable person to a caring, loving and joyous man, his transformation drastically changed many lives — all for the better.

“A Christmas Carol” is the perfect story of hope. What better message for all of us during this joyous season. In the words of Tiny Tim, “God bless us every one.”

 

Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at contact@adlenrobinson.com.