Book Review: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Happy Christmas Eve, everyone. For all the varying emotions that the Christmas holidays can bring, I hope you are having a much better time of it that old Ebeneezer Scrooge all those many years ago (1843).

A Christmas Carol is one of the most famous and beloved Christmas stories. It details the grumpy Scrooge who hates Christmas and is bitterly mean about it. Over the course of the night we not only get transported to see different periods of his life, but we also understand about the true spirit of Christmas along the way. The Christmas ghosts of Past, Present and Future are very famous characters, as is the beloved Tiny Tim.

I doubt many of you reading this would not be familiar with the story in some way, be it in the Matthew Mcconaughey rom com or the classic Disney adaptation. Either way, there are a multitude of adaptations which will bring the story to you in some way.

Despite this, I would urge you to read (or re-read) the original if you haven’t done so already.

I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!

Whatever you feel about Dickens works in general, it cannot be denied that he earnest way of writing reaches out to all, particularly this Christmas time. Wether or not you have children that will want a Christmas story read at bedtime, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is bound to be a story that will make your Christmas even more magical.

Happy Christmas everyone – I hope you have a wonderful holiday!


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