“Bah Humbug,” two words from Charles Dickens’ classic 1843 Christmas story from the Christmas Books, which are synonymous with someone lacking in Christmas spirit and yet, on this, the first day of our December ’12 Reads of Christmas’, we turn to it once again as a Christmas favourite to help us find the Christmas spirit.
Whilst this ‘Christmas ghost story’ does feature the famously miserly character of Ebenezer Scrooge, a man motivated only by his callous heart and thirst for eternal wealth, it is, at its heart a story of rediscovering your Christmas spirit and so it seems like the natural place to start on our ’12 Reads of Christmas’.
This is a story we all know well – on the Eve of Christmas at the first stroke of midnight, Ebenezer Scrooge receives a visit from his recently departed business associate Jacob Marley, who, burdened in the afterlife by his own Earthly mistakes, attempts to warn his friend not to fall into the same traps. Scrooge’s warnings come in the form of three further visitations from the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future all who herald a lesson for him.
Over the course of one Christmas Eve’s night in Victorian England, the reader is taken on a journey along with Scrooge and we discover the reasons why his heart has been hardened and can even begin to apply the lessons he learns to our own lives. Upon his return to his home after the final visit, Scrooge is so moved by the events he has experienced that he vows to embrace the Christmas spirit and become a force of good in his community.
Exploring the realities of Christmas in Victorian England and raising wider moral and social issues, A Christmas Carol is a classic morality tale which encourages us all to think of others before ourselves and above all to embrace the spirit of the season.
We say curl up in front of the fire rediscover the magic of this tale, before the clock chimes twelve…
Discover the many faces of Ebenezer Scrooge in film…
Albert Finney, 1970
George C Scott, 1984
Kelsey Grammar, 2004 musical adaptation
Jim Carrey, 2009 animated adaptation