***** Traditions! Our lives are filled with traditions for almost everything we do or celebrate. Theater has its traditions as well. In particular at this time of year when all the “holiday” productions grace the stages of our theaters. For the 35th year, The Goodman stage is presenting “A Christmas Carol”, a play that more than 1,000,000 audience members have seen. Some of course are repeat visitors, other for the first time. For those of you who have seen their production in past years, each year, little changes take place; different actors take on different roles, little changes in the special lighting and effects as well as some change sin the music. The one constant of course if the wonderful work written by Charles Dickens, that tells the story of a surly miser who doesn’t believe in the holiday or in fact anything but work and holding money “dear”. The character is Ebenezer Scrooge. In fact, the word scrooge is in our vocabulary because of this particular character. What we witness in this play is the total transformation of this angry man into a loving kindhearted soul.