At the end of this week, the biggest Christmas giveaway in central New York takes place and the high numbers of families who signed up for the annual Christmas Bureau shows an economy that's still hurting.
Almost three-thousand Central New York families found some Christmas help at the Annual Salvation Army Christmas Bureau in Syracuse Thursday. That's 400 more families than needed help last year, a nearly 15% increase.
Jim Greene is not an academic Dickens scholar, but he plays Dickens and runs the Dickens Christmas Festival in Skaneateles. In this holiday version of the Campbell Conversations, he talks - often in the character of Dickens - about the meaning and the writing of "A Christmas Carol," the Christmas holidays, and his experiences in the town. Given the stark portrayals of poverty in his writing, what would Dickens have made of the Occupy Wall Street Movement? Here’s one person’s take. All in all, the conversation contains holiday wisdom worthy of Dickens’s tale.