Ah yes, Christmas Eve is almost here. Everyone is just finishing the shopping and schools are getting ready to close. There are families who are getting ready to have the famous annual family dinner. Everyone has their favorite pastime, mine involves a certain story. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens has been told over and over again from movies to plays to music the story of Ebenezer Scrooge still lives on.
The story of an old miser who hates Christmas having the epiphany over one night after being visited by four spirits. The first one Jacob Marley his business partner in life who was just as bad as him. Jacob comes to warn him of the forthcoming spirits and his the importance of changing his ways. The Ghost of Christmas Past shows Scrooge hist past. This is the first time we are introduced to a happy Ebenezer who found love and life with the holiday of Christmas but lost it through his own fault. The Ghost of Christmas Presents shows Scrooge the plight of his employee Bob Cratchit’s family. Through him seeing the Cratchit’s he meets Tiny Tim becoming distraught upon hearing that he will die if he is not cured. From there on he is shown his only living relative Fred happily celebrating and raising a glass to his health. Then the dreaded Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come arrives. He shows Scrooge the consequences of his actions. Tiny Tim has died leaving a miserable Bob Cratchit. No one, not even his nephew Fred who continued to meet with Scrooge cared. No one cared that he died in the doom and gloom of the Christmas season.
Only after these visits does Scrooge wake up donating to the poor and singing Christmas carols to the shock of his neighbors. He makes a surprise visit to his nephew Fred where he is warmly welcomed. Finally, he helps Bob Cratchit and his family with the finances for Tiny Tim. In the end, Tiny Tim does not die as the book clearly states leaving to a happy Scrooge and the world around him.
There are reason’s A Christmas Carol lives on with us today. There are those who think it is because the rich and poor coming together. There are those who believe it comes from one man’s journey to finding the true meaning of the holiday season. Then, there are those who like a good spooky story. Then there are those who love watching the Muppet’s sing and dance in the popular 1992 film a Muppet’s Christmas Carol. The film adaptations and plays have added their own spin on the popular book.
For me, reading A Christmas Carol before going to bed is on Christmas Eve is something I love. I curl up in my bed before starting to watch 90’s Nickelodeon Christmas specials and read the book. It is not too long, in fact A Christmas Carol by Charles Dicken’s is just the length for a quick read before Christmas morn. Being reminded of the importance of the holiday season comes from this book as it transformed the way we look at Christmas many years ago.