Bob Cratchit, the clerk who is the father of Tiny Tim and who meekly serves scrooge, is paid fifteen shillings a week.
As Reagan understood, in American politics, Santa Claus usually beats scrooge.
I was reminded of A Christmas Carol, when scrooge is allowed to see his own life, altered.
[1940+; fr the Dickens character in the 1843 story A Christmas Carol]
[ultimately fr late 16th-century scruze, ''squeeze,'' perhaps a blend of screw and squeeze]