I grew up watching A Muppet Christmas Carol at Christmas time, and it is still one of my favorite movies in December, so I knew much of the story quite well way before I ever read the book a few years ago.
I wish that I had read this wonderful little story much sooner than I started, though, because it is now a tradition for me to read A Christmas Carol at Christmas time. I love this lovely story of redemption. That even someone as awful as Ebeneezer Scrooge could be redeemed always gives me a lot of Christmas spirit for some reason. Maybe I just need this book to remind me that even Scrooges have soft sides.
I also love the beautiful language Mr. Dickens uses in his descriptions of everything. He brings London to life in this story – even as poor and grim as it often is in this cautionary tale. There was clearly a lot of thought and heart that went into this story, and I think that is why it resonates so much even today.
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t do well reading most classics, but this is a staple for me. I recommend this book to everyone at Christmas, even if you don’t like classics, because it is one of the most accessible classics I have ever read, with a story that is probably one of the most familiar around.