Merry Christmas

Christmas is an appropriate season to think about the things in life that are meaningful. While I write about money and investments most of the year, I realise that money does not bring happiness. Christmas, simply put, is a time for happiness. The story of A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, illustrates extremely well the incongruity between money and happiness. My favourite version, personally, is this one: The Muppet Christmas Carol
I guess I prefer silliness over sentimentality. But what is the main theme of show? Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog) has no money. But despite being miserable, he is happy. He has a loving family and he understands that the spirit of Christmas is represented by sharing and caring. In contrast, Ebenezer Scrooge has as much money as he could want, but he is not happy. He chooses not to share his wealth or to share the season with his nephew.

The touching outcome of the story is that Ebenezer finds out that money does not bring him happiness. He chooses to share a turkey with Bob Cratchit’s family and to share the season with his own family. Sure, it cost him some money, but that’s not really the point of the story. Happiness comes from sharing, not from buying. Christmas is a time to remember that the truly important things in life are not things at all. It’s a time of happiness because we make an effort to spend it with family and with people we care about.

If I could give one piece of advice to anyone, it would be to take a break from money matters and worldly cares, as much as possible, and to enjoy a holiday. There will still be plenty of finance and investment-related matters to consider in the new year. Best wishes of the season!