Title: A Christmas Carol
Author: Charles Dickens
Genre: Classics, Fantasy, Holiday, Literature
First Published: December 19th, 1843
A Christmas Carol: the timeless classic of Ebenezer Scrooge that has been adapted by film more times that I could count. The story of a changed heart of a man who missed out on the true meaning of life. Ultimately, it is a story of redemption, which is the whole point of Christmas in the first place.
Told in five staves, A Christmas Carol takes us on a fantastic journey with Scrooge as he has one supernatural encounter after another. First he is greeted by the ghost of his business partner, Jacob Marley, who implores him to change his avaricious ways before he meets a similar fate. Later, he is visited by three spirits of Christmas: Past, Present, and Future. These spirits remind him of where he has been, show the beauty and the struggle of the here and now, and hint at the possibilities to come. Scrooge must face his past and improve his present if he is to have a chance of redemption in his future.
I cannot tell you enough how much I love this book. My husband and I read it out loud together every single year, and it is probably my favorite Christmas tradition. I love the old english writing and the nostalgia throughout the story. And the themes of Christ-like love, charity, and redemption are themes that are just as relevant and needed today as they were then.
MERRY CHRISTMAS! And “God bless us, every one.”
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