A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, A Holiday Review

This is a classic that until now I have only seen. I have seen countless movies and stage performances and I must agree with the author of the forward to this book, Anthony Horwitz, that the Muppets version is my all time favorite! I already knew I loved Dickens writing style and this story as I have seen it but I must say that reading it brought me so much joy and it really was a great way to start the Holidays.

Dickens uses the term “Dead as a doornail ” famously in this book. But the descriptive manner in which he states his claim over this now frequently used expression is unparalleled in its form of creativity,

“Mind! I dont mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a doornail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country’s done for. You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was dead as a doornail. “

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Everyone, I believe has some idea of this story. At least, I believe, we all know Scrooge. And perhaps, we all know A Scrooge in our lives. Dickens relates to us a fantastical tale of an older man set in his antagonistic ways learning within a night and through the help of some ghosts, how important it is to offer everyone kindness and decency. This is a great look during an interesting time period in London, at how human kindness can make a huge difference not just in someone’s personal life but in the lives of others.

This to me just screams Christmas spirit!! I am ready now to figuratively embrace my fellow members of the human race this season in a feeling of love and acceptance. This is what Christmas is about. Presents are wonderful but this feeling of joy and looking for the best in others instead of focusing on the worst is so important. 2019 has been a tough year, but I am prepared to find my inner light and happiness for this holiday season. I mean, if Scrooge can turn a new leaf, then all of us are capable of being kind to others and rejoicing in the Christmas spirit!

I highly recommend this quick and classic read. I thoroughly enjoyed spending an afternoon with Scrooge as he turned himself around into such a kind man that is so different from the “Humbug-ing” man at the start.

Happy Holidays!! Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!!

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