A Goblin's Christmas Carol
by Kenny Chumbley
A new adaption of a Charles Dicken’s early short story, “The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton,”. This story was later to be developed into Dicken’s famous “A Christmas Carol”.
At a party at which the guest of honor is Mr. Pickwick, he tells the story of a local sexton (gravedigger), an angry man by the name of Gabriel Grub, who years before was nabbed by a band of goblins on a Christmas Eve.
Taking him to their subterranean cavern, the goblins leader explains to Grub that they kidnapped him to give him a Christmas gift; namely, a chance, a final chance to redeem his wasted life. To accomplish this, they present him with an enchanted three-page picture book; one page for his past, one for his present, and one for his passing. (“Think of [the book] as a mirror. You don’t look at a mirror to look at a mirror, you look at a mirror to look at yourself. This book will help you see yourself for who you really are!”). The book forces Grub to revisit painful episodes in his life whereby we learn how abuse he suffered as a child has contributed to the struggles he’s had as an adult. We also learn how he attained a “touch of redemption” in spite of his past.