creative intelligence scroogeThe Creative Intelligence Blog is having a rest and revamp and will be back in the New Year with new features — including a Sunday Showcase of your stories, poems and artwork — and exciting news about what’s coming up in 2011.

(Many thanks to those of you who have sent submissions for the showcase already, keep them coming).

In the meantime, enjoy the sentimental season. If you’d rather pass, or are feeling a bit bah-humbug-ish, you could do worse than recall the advice of the great sentimentalist himself, Charles Dicken, from A Christmas Carol:

“…[Scrooge] went to church, and walked about the streets, and watched the people hurrying to and fro, and patted children on the head, and questioned beggars, and looked down into the kitchens of houses, and up to the windows: and found that everything could yield him pleasure…

“He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world.

“Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset… His own heart laughed: and that was quite enough for him…

“And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well… May that be truly said of us, and all of us!”

Happy holidays!