A Christmas Carol was first published in 1843 and it has never been out of print since. And there’s a very good reason for that.
This novella is full of scary ghosts, the warm glow of redemption and a sweet-natured child to tug at our heart strings. All the ingredients for a good family story!
Dickens weaves Christian themes & social justice concerns into a tale that celebrates traditions, family, kindness & charity. Universal themes that still resonant down through the ages.
Thanks to Nancy’s in depth, detailed review, I was on the look out for window motifs and bells. I also spotted many of Dicken’s own personal themes shining through this story – the innocence of childhood, the horror of poverty & the almost saccharine sweet image of a family happily gathered around a blazing hearth.
Ultimately, A Christmas Carol reminds us that it is never too late to change, it’s never too late to give & love, it’s never too late to be kind & forgiving and it’s never too late to laugh.
And thanks to all the love out there in twitter and blogger land I plan to watch The Muppets Christmas Carol special this year too!
It turns out I’m a ‘Merry Christmas, bless you one and all’ type after all 🙂
- A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
- A Christmas Tree and a Wedding | Fyodor Dostoevsky
- The Heavenly Christmas Tree | Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Little Dog and the Christmas Wish | Corinne Fenton and Robin Cowcher
- Christmas Eve at Warwingie | Mary Gaunt
- A Digger’s Christmas | Mary Gaunt
- Tea and Sugar Christmas | Jane Jolly and Robert Ingpen
- The Twelve Days of Christmas Island | Teresa Lagrange
- Harriet Clare #6 Christmas Fair | Louise Park
- The Tailor of Gloucester | Beatrix Potter
- A Maigret Christmas | Georges Simenon
- Christmas at High Rising | Angela Thirkell
- My favourite Christmas-themed illustrated picture books for children