There’s a reason why Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is timeless, and the story is told every single year. The story speaks to fundamental human qualities: joy in the darkest of times, and redemption.
The poor Cratchit family, despite living paycheck-to-paycheck with nary enough heat to warm their home, and despite a modest goose for dinner, still finds joy in their Christmas celebration: “There never was such a goose. Bob said he didn’t believe there ever was such a goose cooked. Its tenderness and flavor, size and cheapness, were the themes of universal admiration”.
Now, Ebenezer Scrooge is a horse of a different color. The “wrenching grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner” did not care a bit about his employee, Bob Cratchit, or anyone else for that matter. As we all know, Scrooge is paid a visit by his old business partner Jacob Marley and three other spirits. Scrooge is warned that if he does not change his ways, his fate is to become that of Marley, roaming Earth for eternity moaning and wailing and dragging along literal tons of chains and lockboxes.
Thus, Scrooge is given a choice, and by extension, that choice is also offered to us.
Shall we be the Scrooge we see at the beginning of the story? The one who keeps the coal box in his office, denying poor Bob more heat than the mere candle at his desk provided? The one who introduced “Bah! Humbug!” into our lexicon? The one in favor of decreasing the surplus population?
That leaves the alternative, namely, the post-spirit-visit Scrooge. This is the Scrooge who sends the prize goose to the Cratchit house, who endeavors to assist this struggling family, who became a second father to Tiny Tim, and who was better than his word.
He becomes the Scrooge that is true to Marley’s lamenting revelation: “Mankind was my business.”
You already were the Scrooge we see at the end of the story. You took on the endeavor of doing right by them because they did right by you. By offering Payactiv, though, you were better than your word.
You went above and beyond, and made mankind your business. Because the hourly worker is mankind in your story. There are many Cratchit families out there, more now thanks to the pandemic. By offering Payactiv, you are endeavoring to assist struggling families, and keeping the Christmas spirit alive the entire year.
“Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did NOT die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough in the good old world.
And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One!”
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