Every Christmas season, I still get emails about Walt Disney's Christmas Carol.
In those very early days of 2719 Hyperion, back in the latter months of 2006, I featured what I thought was an interesting, if rather obscure piece of Disney ephemera from the 1950s. A friend, upon cleaning out the nooks and crannies of his elderly parents' home, presented me with eight torn, water-stained and near crumbling pages that had been removed from a copy of the December 1957 issue of McCalls magazine. Contained on those pages was an illustrated holiday vignette entitled Walt Disney's Christmas Carol. It was a perfect match for my fledgling Disney blog and on December 16, 2006, I posted the article Cedric's Christmas Carol that described what I considered a likely long forgotten piece of holiday nostalgia.
Shortly thereafter, the emails started arriving. I heard from many fellow baby boomers who distinctly remembered this liberal retelling of the Dickens classic from their childhoods. For many, it was a holiday tradition to read the story on Christmas Eve. And every correspondence I received included a request for a copy of the story.