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A Christmas Carol

Posted on: January 9, 2012

Title: A Christmas Carol

Author: Charles Dickens

Published: 1843

Description: Cruel miser Ebeneezer Scrooge has never met a shilling he doesn’t like. . .and hardly a man he does. And he hates Christmas most of all. When Scrooge is visited by his old partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come, he learns eternal lessons of charity, kindness, and goodwill. Experience a true Victorian Christmas! (Taken from Goodreads)

I read A Christmas Carol many months ago and decided not to do a post on it because what was there to say? Everyone already knows the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge even if they’ve never read the book but due to the Christmas I’ve had and the newness of the New Year wearing thin I thought I’d talk about the lessons this book teaches.

Scrooge was a miser, a mean old miser, he was the man years and experience had taught him to be. He pinched pennies and cared not who got hurt in the process. He cared about a nickel more than he did one human soul but on Christmas Eve he got the wake up of a lifetime, the sort of wake up everyone gets at Christmas time.

People are kinder around Christmas, more courteous, more generous, more forgiving, because Christmas is the holiday that reminds them that there is more to the world than money, fortune and fame, there’s family, friends, charity, love, hope. And that is what I want you to take away from the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge. That life is more than cheques and credit cards, more than pretty houses and fast cars, and we shouldn’t let circumstances harden our hearts to the world. We should be generous and kind to everyone all year round not just the holidays.

A Christmas Carol is not one of my favourite books of all time but it is a good story and well worth a read, it has a lot of moral points to pass on and really got me thinking when I read it. I give it a 4 out of 5.

What did you learn from A Christmas Carol?

Read any books lately that got you thinking and has pushed you on a better path?

Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Reading! 🙂


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