But that’s not entirely true, is it? That’s how he is at the beginning of Dickens’ classic novella “A Christmas Carol,” but by the end of the story Mr. Scrooge has seen the error of his ways.
He’s kind and generous. He’s no longer a shut-in at the holidays, opting instead to join his friends and family in celebrating the holidays.
In fact, the story ends by saying of Scrooge that “it was always said of him that he knew how to keep Christmas well if any man alive possessed the knowledge.”
You see, the story of Scrooge is not the story of a bad man, it is a story of redemption. The lesson being that it is never too late to change your ways.
This holiday season there are a ton of events and parties where you can enjoy the company of your fellow neighbors in Woodhaven.
The festivities kick off this Friday, December 2, at 6:30 p.m. with the lighting of Woodhaven’s Holiday Tree, sponsored by the Woodhaven Business Improvement District (WBID). Bring the kids out for an old-fashioned celebration complete with holiday songs, costumed characters, and free Santa hats for everyone.
The party continues the following day with the WBID’s Welcome Santa to Woodhaven Parade, which kicks off at 96th Street and Jamaica Avenue at noon. Everyone is welcome to march in the parade down Jamaica Avenue all the way through Woodhaven to Dexter Court.
And if you can’t march in the parade, please try to take a few moments to stand on Jamaica Avenue shortly after noon so you can wave at all of the marchers.
On Tuesday, December 6, the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society (WCHS) will be giving a free presentation at the Avenue Diner (91-06 Jamaica Avenue) entitled “The Ghosts of Woodhaven’s Christmas Past.”
It's a look back at how residents of Woodhaven have celebrated the holidays over the past 100 years, and starts at 7 p.m.
The following Tuesday, December 13, the WCHS will be hosting a fun event called “Queens Jeopardy” at Neir’s Tavern at 78th Street and 88th Avenue. Based on the hit game show, this evening will see three local historians face off to test their knowledge of Queens’ history.
The event starts at 7 p.m. and is co-sponsored by the Queens Library and the Leader-Observer.
On Wednesday, December 14, the WCHS will be hosting their annual holiday gathering at 1 p.m. at Emanuel United Church of Christ at 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard. There will be holiday music, food and refreshments, and for those who are interested a fun Kris Kringle game. Bring one new wrapped gift costing no more than $10 if you’d like to participate.
The fun continues on Friday, December 16, at 7 p.m. with the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association’s annual holiday party, also at Emanuel United Church of Christ. Come join your friends and neighbors for some holiday fun, good food and good times.
And finally on Monday, December 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bruno’s Ristorante Italiano at 158-22 Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach, Assemblyman Mike Miller and State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. will be co-hosting their annual holiday party. Everyone is welcome.
So as you can see, there are a lot of fun parties and events to share good times with your friends and neighbors. And if you’ve never been to any holiday gatherings in Woodhaven, please remember that like the good, kind Ebenezer Scrooge found out, it’s never too late to start.