As Christmas-time came around this year, it dawned on me that I have yet to read the classic story of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol before. So I borrowed an older copy from the library where the cover seemed more vintage than current ones.
We all know the story – a rich bitter old man is met by the spirit of the Past, Present, and Future on Christmas Eve.
The story itself is short at about a hundred pages, give or take a few if your book included illustrations like this particular book does, as if it was meant to be read aloud on Christmas day as everyone gathered around the crackling fireplace drinking hot cocoa sprinkled with marshmallows.
I assumed it would be an easy read for me, but it took me days to muster the strength to finish the story. Perhaps it was the old English that required a certain level of concentration, making it unsuitable to be read right before bedtime. Perhaps it was that I already knew the story, making it not quite the page-turner of a book. But whatever the reason, it was a slower read than normal.
But with the reminding that we all need, or maybe just me, that the holiday season is all about cherishing the friends and family that we have, the story of Ebenezer Scrooge is a staple around the holidays for a reason.
All in all, I am glad to have added another classic story to my list of books I’ve read.
“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me.’’
A Christmas Carol