‘Twas the week before Christmas and all o’er the glade, the galleries, ballets, and playhouse got paid… And the board chair exclaimed, ere he took his tax break, “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good take.”

Ebenezer Scrooge and George Bailey…

Langston Hughes and the Four Plaids…

Handel and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir…

Christmas in Wales and Christmas in Macy*s…

The Mouse King and the Sugar Plum Fairy…

Your local carolers, buskers, jazz artists, ornament craft-makers, and pageant participants know what it’s about. Joy, family, charity, peace, and goodwill toward mankind.

And a boatload of cash.  The Holiday-Cash-Cow sings, “Moo-moo-moo, moo-moo-moo, moo-moo-moo-moo-moo.”

“But we pay for the stuff no one wants to see all year with this one production of ‘A Christmas Carol!” said a board president pal of mine.

And as one managing director famously said, “We do the mission all year long.  Except Christmas.  That’s where we try to make money.”

Last I checked, one of the morals of “A Christmas Carol” had something to do with, what was it again…?


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