Liles' Family Christmas 2015

Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind. ~Mary Ellen Chase

Scrooge (A Christmas Carol) With Family!

A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory December 5th 2015

Going to "A Christmas Carol" has been our tradition for twenty-seven years first bring out mothers and then our family.  Find out about the play's beginnings.

A Christmas Carol is a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843.

The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. A Christmas Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.

The book was written at a time when the British were examining and exploring Christmas traditions from the past as well as new customs such as Christmas cards and Christmas trees. Carol singing took a new lease on life during this time.

Dickens' sources for the tale appear to be many and varied, but are, principally, the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.

A Christmas Carol remains popular—having never been out of print—and has been adapted many times to film, stage, opera, and other media.

A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory December 5th 2015
The tradition continues!

We Stopped At Seasons 52 For Lunch

A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory December 5th 2015
In the South Coast Mall (Under the Capital Grille)

A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory December 5th 2015
We had a "private" room


The varmits are always ready to eat


We have arrived... The party can start

A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory December 5th 2015
Grandma Sue was still recovering form the back problems from surgery nine weeks ago

A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory December 5th 2015
Surrounded by Grandsons... Helps the pain!


Lisa is hiding from the camera!

A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory December 5th 2015
Bob, our resident artist, took this clever picture


Robin was kind and shared some of her birthday cake with us


The boys are homing in on something good!

We Headed For South Coast Repertory

We follow the rules of the house and do NOT take pictures during the performances but as the play does not change from year to year, on-line images do a great job of reminding us of the contents.

This year Theo stole the show with the giggling at the funny parts!  The row in front of us was enjoying Theo as much as the play itself!

A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory December 5th 2015
The ghosts pay him a visit

A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory December 5th 2015
What a beautiful turkey!

A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory December 5th 2015
The company is quite large!

A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory December 5th 2015
Thank you "Little Lisa" for the group photo

A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory December 5th 2015
Theo the ham!

A Christmas Carol at South Coast Repertory December 5th 2015
What can we say?

Did You Know? - The tradition of wassailing (alt sp wasselling) falls into two distinct categories: The house-visiting wassail and the orchard-visiting wassail. The house-visiting wassail, caroling by another name, is the practice of people going door-to-door singing Christmas carols. The orchard-visiting wassail refers to the ancient custom of visiting orchards in cider-producing regions of England, reciting incantations and singing to the trees to promote a good harvest for the coming year.