A Christmas Carol

Bob Cratchit trudged home. For the tenth time he mentally divided the £14.50 by six and worked out how much the family could afford to spend on food until the next payday.

His paced picked up as he neared home, thinking of his wife who would be home from work soon. It saddened him that although she was terminally ill, she still had to work because her disability allowance had been cut.

But soon she would be home, and the thought cheered him.

As he neared his street, he wondered whether his eyes were playing tricks on him Were the streetlights dimmer than in former years?

The room was cold.

He couldn’t help but think back to previous Christmases when they had had a roaring log fire. But there was no wood now since the sell-off of the National Forests.

A tiny tinge of bitterness crept into his thoughts but it was soon dispelled by the wheezy voice of Tiny Tim calling from his sickbed in the corner.

“Will we get our bedroom back?” asked Tim, unable to hold back the words.

“Well,” Bob Cratchit started, “…it all depends on the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. If he decides to rescind the popularly-known bedroom tax within the regulations of the Department for Work and Pensions…” but Tim was already asleep, his pale face lit by the moonlight.

Bob Cratchit sat down and waited, lost in thought.

Mrs Cratchit wheezed in with a “No buses; they’ve cut the service; had to walk,” before she flopped down on the chair.

It was so good to see Mrs Crachit when she came home that he forgave her outburst in an instant.

Mrs Crachit’s face brightened as she held up the bag – “I did manage to stop by the food bank on the way home,” she said, “and look what I got.”

“That’s wonderful,” said Bob Cratchit, and they started working together to turn the food into a meal.

“How was your day,” he asked his wife, as they worked, “I know,” she said “Let’s look forward to 2015.”



  1. Rebekah says:

    That’s sad. 2015 is still a blank sheet of paper. We can only hope that everything’s going to be alright.


    1. Yes, sad – and it’s very English-centric – unfortunately it is a reflection of what has been happening here over the past few years.


      1. Rebekah says:

        I often notice how much European news I’m missing out on … but it’s my own fault. They’re all at my fingertips.


        1. I am sure the same is true the other way around – all the news from across the ocean that I don’t hear about. I will try to make it a point to post quick updates about UK stuff as the year progresses 🙂


        2. Rebekah says:

          I have BBC app, and find they’re much better at delivering “breaking news” than CNN


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