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Perspective: We can learn a lot from a Muppet this Christmas

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At this festive time of year, my thoughts turn as they often do to the greatest holiday movie of all time: Muppet Christmas Carol. From the antics of our favorite Muppets like Kermit, Rizzo the Rat, and Gonzo to the catchy musical numbers and incredible acting of Michael Caine, this movie has it all. Heart, hauntings, and the evergreen message that money can’t buy you happiness.

I’ve watched this movie every year since I was a child and its relevance has grown just as I have. I’ve always loved this adaptation of the Dickens classic for the jokes, the Muppets, and the music, but over time I’ve learned to love the message. Charles Dickens and Jim Henson so eloquently remind us that life is about more than what you have; it is about what you do for others. Life isn’t about what you have or what you earn, but about who you love and what you give. The Christmas Carol also reminds us that those who rise to the top through greed and selfishness will find they got more than they bargained for. The message that strikes me right now is that there is no one too humble to be valued or too powerful for redemption.

So this year as I think about my Christmas values, my thoughts turn to the Elon Musks, Jeff Bezoses, and Joe Manchins of the world. You may find yourself hoarding your treasure, your power, and your position. But beware the first ghost when the clock strikes one…

Lynnea Erickson Laskowski is a former resident (and forever enthusiast) of the DeKalb area. Originally from Iowa, Lynnea moved to DeKalb in 2011 to complete a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. She currently lives in Washington DC with her toothless dog.