In Defense of Ebenezer Scrooge: Why Entrepreneurs and Business People Hate Christmas

Aaron Dinin, PhD
4 min readDec 23, 2019
If you had to deal with uncontrollable revenue declines for two months, you’d be scowling, too.

“Bah! Humbug!” is how Ebenezer Scrooge famously responds to other people’s excitement about Christmas.

For over 175 years, people have interpreted his words from Charles Dickens’s well-tread holiday story A Christma Carol to mean Mr. Scrooge is a crotchety old man who hates the “holiday spirit.” But those people aren’t…

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Aaron Dinin, PhD

I teach entrepreneurship at Duke. Software Engineer. PhD in English. I write about the mistakes entrepreneurs make since I’ve made plenty. More @ aarondinin.com