“It’s Christmas, Carol” – Hallmark Channel
Starring- Emmanuelle Vaugier, Carrie Fisher, Olivia Cheng
Premiered Date- November 18th, 2012
So here we have another unique twist to the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol.” I am an “A Christmas Carol,” fanatic and could watch this classic in any version and I think have seen most of them too.
We meet another Scrooge in the form of Carol Huffman, a successful book publisher and ruthless business woman. Talk about a Scrooge, well there is actually another word for a woman like that, it begins with B.
Carol is mean and quick to fire her staff with opinions deferring from hers. This power she uses when a staff member tries to encourage her to publish a book, which she believes will be a next great book, but Carol does not believe it will make money.
Turns out the book was written by an old flame, who broke up with Carol a long time ago, when he realized she was turning into someone very ambitious and mean. They reunite at a Christmas party and argue, when Carol goes to the restroom to compose herself she sees her former boss who is dead, face to face.
Eve Miller (Carrie Fisher), the ghost of Carol’s former boss, takes Carol on a journey through her past, present and future, where she gains a new perspective on her life and the impact it has on all involved.
She learns her staff is unhappy, hates her and is planning a revolt against her. She learns her assistant, who wants to build a life with her fiancé, will follow in Carol’s footsteps and become a ruthless, lonely business woman as well.
She also learns what her future could be like if she gives her lost love a second chance. This diverts from the original Christmas Carol, where the ghost of Christmas future, simply just scares the bejeebers out of Scrooge.
In the end, just like Ebenezer Scrooge, Carol makes things right, but unlike the original Scrooge; she gets a second chance with her past love. Another happy ending!