On December 3, 2019 we were again blessed with a fantastic performance by the American Drama Group. This year they performed A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens which was a fitting play for Christmas right around the corner.

The play tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a cold-hearted person, who only cares about money and his own skin. A person who even says that Christmas is just “humbug”. That changes the night before Christmas when the ghost of his deceased business partner Jacob Marley visits him. Marley warns Ebenezer Scrooge of his way of life and prepares him for the visit from the three spirits of Christmas. These three spirits are trying to show Ebenezer the true meaning of Christmas again. When Ebenezer Scrooge sees his own past and the terrible future that awaits him if he continues to live a life of hate and solitude. With the newfound spirit of Christmas Ebenezer tries to redeem himself and to prevent a future of ignorance and poverty.

A Christmas Carol came out in 1843. Just because it is old, it does not mean it lost its value. It’s the opposite. It even plays a bigger role nowadays in our society. With our sense of community and kindness slowly fading away the story should remind us of times when that kindness and family were the most important things in the world. It should inspire us to act and start striving for a better future when everyone belongs to a community and no one is left behind.

Text: Konrad Steiber 13BT