Commentary: In the spirit of Bob Cratchit

This editorial appeared in The Lexington Herald-Leader.

'Tis the day before Christmas Eve, and someone somewhere is reading or watching the epiphany of Ebenezer Scrooge.

It's said that Charles Dickens invented Christmas as we know it when he created the bitter skinflint who, shaken by supernatural visitors, is transformed into a free-spending lavisher of gifts and glad tidings.

Everyone from Lionel Barrymore to Mr. Magoo has played Scrooge as he rediscovers the joy of giving.

But, in this season of slumping 401(k)s, upside-down mortgages and lowered expectations, Scrooge's example of finding bliss by tossing around wads of cash may not be working so well.

We, therefore, humbly offer an anti-Scrooge: Bob Cratchit.

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