Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!

I leave you with my take on the historical event which happened in 1914. The British and German soldiers, on Christmas Eve, set aside their differences and shared some holiday cheer in the midst of a brutal world war. Here’s a performance by the RLT Players of my script called, “Christmas in the Trenches, 1914.” I hope you enjoy.

 

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You got it wrong. Be MORE like Scrooge.

Leave it to us humans (and book readers) to always focus on the negative, because that’s what we do when we think about Charles Dickens’ famous character Ebeneezer Scrooge.

Who is Scrooge? The meanest, rudest, stingiest, Christmas hum-bug that ever lived. Every time we reference someone who’s not demonstrating the spirit of the holiday, we call them a Scrooge. We whisper a few hum-bugs in their direction and wish them a night filled with visits from strange spirits.

By doing this, we are completely missing the point of Dickens’ story. It’s a story of restitution – redemption – second chances. For while Dickens’ started his story by using Scrooge to describe the very opposite of the reason for the season, so Dickens’ also ends the story by giving us an example of the person who best demonstrated the magic and wonderment of the season. And by golly, that too was Scrooge.

Why do we remember him for his ill-manners and not for his kindness? Why do we remember Scrooge for his stinginess and not for his generosity?

Why Scrooge is really the perfect Christmas role model! He ends up blessing the person whom he used the most. (Cratchet) He rebuilds a bridge back to his broken family. How difficult is that? He was willing to admit his wrongness and humble himself back into the grace of his kin. It takes tremendous character to do something like that. He also becomes the benefactor of a young, crippled boy. (Tiny Tim) He gives us all an example of what Christmas truly is all about — showing love to others as is demonstrated by the Christmas baby in the manger.

We need more Scrooges in this world. We need people who are willing to understand their faults, right their wrongs, and give to those who need it most.

May we all find our inner Scrooge this Christmas!

Have a merry one!

“Tales of Wonder” in Photos (Part I)

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Opening number: “Arise & Touch the Dawn” sung between the sketches in “Tales of Wonder: A Drama Medley”

All photos by Jonathan Steffan.

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“Snow Fort” – The girls attack with their snow balls.

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“Santa Daddy” – Suzie wakes up to find Santa at the tree, even though it’s really Daddy trying to keep the dream alive.

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“You Gotta Get Up” – The kids finally got the parents to wake up on Christmas morning.

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“Arise and Touch the Dawn” at the end of the drama medley.

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“Christmas in the Trenches, 1914” – British soldiers hear singing across the trench divide.

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“Season’s Greetings” – Mrs. Banks is anticipating her family’s arrival for Christmas.

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“Jolly Old St. Hick” – Hick gets in the BMW which is lost in the snow. He likes the warm seats. Reminds him of his saddle.

Sketch #5: The Christmas Banquet

Here’s my next in a series of vignettes about the dramatic sketches I wrote for our show “Tales of Wonder” which opens next week.

“The Christmas Banquet” is a poignant piece, an allegory of sorts, about a person who shows up at the Christmas banquet and gets asked to hand out invitations. It’s unclear who asks her to help. An angel, perhaps. I’ll let the audience decide. Anyways, as the invitee gets the invitations, she is prodded to give one to everyone. Everyone. Absolutely everyone. Even drug addicts and illegal immigrants and people with rainbows on their Facebook profiles and homeless people and atheists and criminals and … well, you get the idea. The invitee is alarmed and shocked at all the people she’s supposed to invite but just quite can’t do it. Eventually, everyone shows up at the banquet and she has to decide what she’s going to do.

With this piece, I wanted to highlight the compassion needed in this world regardless of the background or circumstances of the person. I hope it’s a meaningful poignant piece for everyone to enjoy.Christmas Banquet

Book Review: “If Love is a Crime: A Christmas Story”

Nikita Kinny @ njkinny.blogspot wrote a nice review of my new Christmas story. Here’s her opening paragraph. Please head over and read the full text on her website. Thanks all!

Nikita Says: “I have read The Recluse Storyteller by Mark W Sasse and had enjoyed his storytelling style in the book. So, when he told me about this Christmas short story, I was eager to start on it. If Love is a Crime┬áis a tender, heartfelt and passionate story of doing what is right even if it means facing difficulties”.

READ THE ENTIRE REVIEW HERE!

Merry Christmas!

On this Christmas Eve in Malaysia, I’d just like to take these few words to show my appreciation to all my friends, family, and readers who have made 2013 an amazing year for me as a writer. I am so thankful to God for his blessings. I hope you have a wonderful, peaceful, loving, and meaningful Christmas with those you love.

I’ll leave you with a couple photos of what my Christmas will be like including my favorite ornament.

Coming tomorrow! My original Christmas story! Watch for it.

Enjoy the egg nog!

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