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A Christmas Carol: the Musical-Great Family Christmas Gift
Need a family gift idea? Many people are looking for Christmas gift ideas for families. How about a family holiday movie? It's a great way to gather everyone into one place and celebrate the spirit of the holidays.
A few years back I discovered this delightful family movie from Hallmark. The story of A Christmas Carol has been around for many years with many different variations filmed. What I love about this one is that it's a musical.
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Scrooge from A Christmas Carol - Actor Kelsey Grammer
The main character in A Christmas Carol is Ebenezer Scrooge, a wealthy, but stingy man. The character was created by Charles Dickens and the story originally published in 1843.
In an effort to save his soul, he is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve. One from his past, one from his present and one from his future.
In the musical version, the role of Scrooge is portrayed by Kelsey Grammer who is best known for his role as Frasier Crane on Cheers.
Kelsey Grammer image by ikrichter at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.
Christmas Carol Trailer
A Christmas Carol Poll
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Scrooge Christmas Carol - Actor Jason Alexander
Another memorable actor in A Christmas Carol: the Musical is Jason Alexander whom most people will recognize from the hit series Frasier.
He does an incredible job of portraying the character of Jacob Marley. Check out the video below for a scene with Kelsey Grammer and Jason Alexander which includes the song Link by Link.
Jason Alexander image by antisocialtory.
Link by Link from A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol Musical
So what makes this such a great family gift? The movie was produced by Hallmark, which has quite a reputation for quality family movies.
The cast and performances are great. Other major roles are portrayed by such actors as Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jesse L. Martin and Geraldine Chaplin.
Whether it be kids, parents or grandparents, there's something about this movie that has an appeal to all age groups.
Most of all though, it's the music. The movie is filled with wonderful music from Alan Menken with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Each year my family and I gather up in the family room on Christmas Eve, light a fire, make some hot chocolate and watch this movie. Days later, my kids are still singing the tunes.
It's a wonderful way to spend family time together during the holidays, while getting a chance to relax and be entertained. Christmas wouldn't be the same in my house without it.
Also, being that it's a musical, it's not as "dark" as some of the other versions of the movie.
Scrooge image by John Leech and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons by Droll.
A Christmas Carol: the Musical on DVD
An easy way to get a copy of this movie is through Amazon which currently has it for a great price. You might even pick up a copy for yourself! Where I live, the local schools have gift drives during the holidays to give presents to families that can't otherwise afford gifts. These would make great family gifts for these families.
You can also get the instant video version!
A Christmas Carol Instant Video
Can't wait? You can download this Emmy Award winning holiday classic.
Already familiar with the movie and love the music? Check out the soundtrack CD.
A Christmas Carol: the Musical Soundtrack
Listen to your favorite songs from the movie whenever you want. My kids love to sing, so it's great to have this CD while I'm driving them around in the car.
Want to see a little more?
In this scene, young Ebenezer Scrooge proposes to the love of his life. The beautiful duet A Place Called Home is performed.