It’s fair to say I’m a big fan of Charles Dickens’s novel A Christmas Carol. But I’m an even bigger fan of stage and film adaptations based on this classic. Two years ago I watched several film versions and jotted some lines of poetry afterwards. Below are three of the stanzas that resulted. I’ve also included trailers for each film, quite frankly as a plug. It’s Christmas time, and these movies are a great way to enjoy the holiday.

After The Muppet Christmas Carol

For kids, the fourth wall is no wall at all.
Adulthood coops up Yuletide’s elfish troupe.
But new-leaf Scrooges dance with Muppet kind.

After Scrooged

Beef almost spoiled wants only for mustard.
Balance dry bread with potatoes and cheddar.
Stomach what’s done, so your future is gravy.

After A Christmas Carol (1984)

We grinned a lad’s green smile at Fezziwig’s.
Our lips, poised fast, now crack with knowing smirks.
May old red hearts yet pump them full of cheer.

Poet’s Notes:

In the comments section, I encourage you to share your favorite A Christmas Carol version and why. Reactions to the above verse and trailers are also welcome. And have a Merry Christmas!