Credit: Carol Rosegg

After 18 interminable months of pandemic, when so many of us have been cooped up and living an indoor Groundhog Day, it’s understandable that you’re looking for new things to do. By all means, get a tattoo, go skydiving, and quit your job. But this holiday season, I’d like to advocate for tradition. At least when it comes to Ford’s Theatre’s A Christmas Carol. Yes, you already know the redemptive story of Ebenezer Scrooge, but that’s the point. Once again this winter, Ford’s, led by one of D.C.’s very best actors, Craig Wallace, will take you through the past, present, and future of Scrooge’s life, reminding you of what’s truly important in yours. While every production puts a new spin on the story, it will be comfortably familiar. And that’s the beauty of A Christmas Carol. Like hot cocoa and garlands, it recasts the otherwise dark and gloomy winter as a magical holiday season. And time traveling isn’t the only magic trick A Christmas Carol pulls off. While the play may not change much year to year, you certainly do. It’s a mirror. Who knows, maybe when you watch it this year, you’ll find a new appreciation for kindness, family, and community in yourself. Nov. 24 to Dec. 27 at Ford’s Theatre. $22–$124.