Challenge criteria: A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile
In October 1843, Charles Dickens ― heavily in debt and obligated to his publisher ― began work on a book to help supplement his family’s meagre income. That volume, A Christmas Carol, has long since become one of the most beloved stories in the English language. As much a part of the holiday season as holly, mistletoe, and evergreen wreaths, this perennial favourite continues to delight new readers and rekindle thoughts of charity and goodwill.
With its characters exhibiting many qualities ― as well as failures ― often ascribed to Dickens himself, the imaginative and entertaining tale relates Ebenezer Scrooge’s eerie encounters with a series of spectral visitors. Journeying with them through Christmases past, present, and future, he is ultimately transformed from an arrogant, obstinate, and insensitive miser to a generous, warm-hearted, and caring human being. Written by one of England’s greatest and most popular novelists, A Christmas Carol has come to epitomise the true meaning of Christmas.
What I liked:
This book is perfect for getting you in the Christmas spirit. It’s the perfect book for reading on Christmas Eve and for reminding you about the true meaning of Christmas. If this book doesn’t have you feeling festive, and thanking your stars for your family, then I don’t know what will.
It’s quite a short story, so it’s ideal for reading just before you go to bed with a glass of mulled wine in hand.
What I didn’t like:
It is impossible to find a downside to this festive tale. It was written in 1843, but its message of good cheer is still as relevant now as it was all those years ago.
Out of five:
Five. One of the world’s most beautiful stories that really captures the heart of Christmas. If you’ve never read it, be sure to get it on your Christmas reading list pronto.