I completely disagree, this was a very well-done adaptation. Winkler really showed his talent in this film. I don't see why you find it "terrible", because it is a wonderful TV movie.
At the time it was made, Winkler was only known for being "The Fonz". He had done The One and Only, which didn't do very well in the box office. When he did this and put in such a fine performance it caused people to view him with more respect. It wasn't long after that he did Swing Shift.
I loved this and showed it to my kids last night, who loved it also.
"...nothing is left of me, each time I see her..." - Catullus
I'm with you, Bladerunner. I enjoyed this version of A Christmas Carol when it first aired, and tried to catch it as often as I could over the years. I miss it, and think the updating of the setting worked fine. Certainly far superior to the recent versions that pop up on the cable channels ad nauseum this time of year.