Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - Updated: 1:02 AM
There may not be a more appropriate year for one of my favorite holiday movies: Scrooged.
The 1988 film -- called by film critic Roger Ebert as "one of the most disquieting, unsettling films to come along in quite some time" -- features Bill Murray as the title character, based loosely on the Charles Dickens classic. Loosely as in Scrooge is a network television executive in the late '80s, when splash ruled over substance.
Murray spends the first third of the movie ruling over subordinates, more miserable than miserly. The only thing he seems to like more than alcohol is anger.
That's where the film differs from the original.
The message about greed and avarice is abandoned for the more modern themes of apathy and extravagance.
As Ebert said in his review, the film's "overriding emotions seem to be pain and anger."
Nearly three decades later, the same problems still linger for many.
Fortunately, not so much here in Lyon County.
It was about a month ago when volunteers from WCCK, Herald Ledger and HOPE Food Bank worked to collect food for area families. Since about the same time, the Lyons Club, Cash Express, the Angel Tree program and dozens of area churches and clubs have been collecting coats, toys and food.
Law enforcement agencies like the Kentucky State Police and Eddyville Police department held 'cram the cruiser' events.
The donations will make sure dozens of local families have a merry Christmas.
The blessing of Lyon County isn't the lakes or rolling countryside.
It's not the proximity to urban areas like Nashville or Paducah or Evansville, while maintaining the protective buffer of a small town. It's not the high-performing schools or growing business climate.
No, the blessing of Lyon County is its people.
It's the men and women volunteering at HOPE Food Bank to the Asphalt Angels raising funds for local programs.
It's in the churches with congregations both great and small that produce youth like the Duolos group that recently took donations to families in need after fires destroyed homes and businesses around Gatlinburg, Tenn.
The ability to put someone else's needs above your own isn't as common in some places as it is here. In Lyon County it's almost contagious. Compassion leads to kindness. Sometimes, that creates conversation, understanding.
As Murray lectures at the end, "If you give, the miracle can happen to you... you've just got to want that feeling. It can happen to you every day."
We at the Herald Ledger hope you have a merry Christmas. We hope you'll remember how great the feeling of giving can be.
But we think many of our readers already know that.