from the Piece of Cake mysteries
by Jacklyn Brady
SEASONS READINGS! KILLER CHARACTER AUTHORS ARE GIVING AWAY A BOOK A DAY DURING DECEMBER. COMMENT EVERY DAY FOR A CHANCE TO WIN.
Who does that? Hates Christmas, I mean.
I didn't know anybody who hated Christmas . . . except maybe my uncle Ted. And I'm not entirely sure about him. In fact, now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure Uncle Ted's problem is that he likes Christmas a little too much. In fact, Uncle Ted likes every holiday on the calendar too much. He likes to party. A lot. And his partying makes life pretty miserable for the rest of the family.
There was the year he broke one of my mother's antique china plates in a fit of temper and the year he fell over the coffee table and crashed into the tree. I won't bore you with the details, but it was a never-ending theme with Uncle Ted. Easter Sunday, the Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving . . .
they all suffered because of my jolly old uncle.
But that's why I liked the story of Scrooge so much. Because Scrooge was a real piece of work, and even he was changed in the end. All it took was a trio of ghosts, some chain-rattling revelations, and (in the musical version) a life-changing tap dance of joy.
The story of Scrooge gives me hope for Uncle Ted and, by extension, for the rest of the family. Uncle Ted still likes to celebrate, but A Christmas Carol tells me that even the most unlikable person can be redeemed if the circumstances are right. Once I figured that out, I learned how to like the holidays again.
Sometimes hope is enough.