For the past five days I've been reading a stave a day from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, timed to finish today on Christmas day. I assume most are familiar with the story, so I won't summarize it here, but what a pleasure it was to finally read this text! I've seen many a film version and even a live play or two growing up, but had never sat down to read the original Christmas tale of positive transformation. What struck me about A Christmas Carol is just how accessible it is. One can breeze through the book in a matter of minutes, (okay, maybe in an hour), and yet wholly appreciate the lush unrushed descriptions that Dickens provides for his characters and settings. The atmospheric taste of how Christmas was once celebrated is equally appreciated alongside touching descriptions of Scrooge's anguish and later transformation. It's also wonderful to hear classic quotes in their original context (decrease the surplus population, etc.), which makes them all the more relevant upon hearing them uttered as a popular culture reference.
You can read A Christmas Carol online HERE
I leave you with Dickens' preface: