Every day of the holiday season, there is probably someone in your neighborhood watching or reading some version of A Christmas Carol. If you think about it, that means that (outside of World War II) we probably see early Victorian England as often as any other time period. What has kept the story so vital? What is the key to Scrooge's enduring appeal, and how did a young Charles Dickens engender so much empathy for such a miserable man? Maybe it's because he saw more than little bit of himself in the striving workaholic.