“God bless us, every one!”
Originally published in 1843, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens follows Ebenezer Scrooge, a mean, miserable, bitter old man with no friends. One cold Christmas Eve, three ghosts take him on a scary journey to show him the error of his nasty ways. By visiting his past, present and future, Scrooge learns to love Christmas and the people all around him.
I always feel a little daunted picking up a classic, but I have loved most of the adaptations of this festive ghost story so I really looked forward to finally reading this story for the first time.
A Christmas Carol is a beautiful reminder about what’s important at such a magical time of year and a reminder to spread kindness and be more mindful of our actions.
But although the overall messages are delightful, the path for Scrooge to get there is spooky and nerve-wracking. Dickens brilliantly evokes a gloomy atmosphere in only a short amount of pages, but takes the reader on a seamless journey from fearful to uplifted.
It’s such a phenomenal story, one that remains relevant even today, so it’s no wonder that it’s been adapted so many times. And in whatever form, it’s a story I like to read/watch every year with my family to bring us all together.
This was also my first book by Charles Dickens, so having enjoyed this one so much, I won’t feel so scared picking up another classic by him soon.