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NSRW Charles Dickens
NSRW Charles Dickens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.

Charles Dickens

Christmas is on its way!

Can I just declare with my hand on my heart that I LOVE Christmas!  It’s not the present giving commercialisation that I love (although I do not turn any presents away!) but the atmosphere.

In Leeds the Christmas lights are up.  The Christmas tree in City Square looks lovely as do the decorations in the various arcades.

For me Christmas kicked off last night when I went to see a production of the musical Scrooge at The Grand Theatre.  The part of Scrooge was played by Tommy Steele.  Now, being on the old side, I remember him from decades ago.  My 23 year old had no idea who he was and declared she would google him when she got home!  The production involved singing and dancing – well it was a musical – humour, ghosts, cute kids and excellent sets.  For a first night performance, it appeared perfect.  There was an energy about the musical and it genuinely seemed that the cast were having fun.  We all know the story of Scrooge but that didn’t detract from the enjoyment gained from watching this production.  Tommy Steele received a good ovation at the end.  It has to be said mainly from the older members of the audience but I would say he deserved it.  He is no spring chicken but he was very light on his feet, sang with a strong voice and proved he can still dance.

It may not go down as a classic piece of theatre but it was FUN!

So Christmas is on it’s way.  Bring it on.  I’m ready!!!!