How can it get to Christmas and we not discuss this book? This was one of the books I studied at A Level (my teachers idea, not mine) and have watched a numerous variation of the story on both big and small screen. It’s a dead giveaway that when Christmas arrives, as will Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol.
The story of Ebenezer Scrooge opens on a Christmas Eve as cold as Scrooge’s own heart. That night, he receives three ghostly visitors: the terrifying spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. Each takes him on a heart-stopping journey, yielding glimpses of Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit, the horrifying spectres of Want and Ignorance, even Scrooge’s painfully hopeful younger self. Will Scrooge’s heart be opened? Can he reverse the miserable future he is forced to see?
We all know the relatively short story, the humbug that is Scrooge, a hater of Christmas and a nasty old man, is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve (or is he? That’s the question), the ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Future.
Christmas Past focuses on Scrooges childhood and eventual job working for Merriweather, a joyous fellow that LOVES Christmas and a good ol’ party.
Christmas Present focuses on his employee Bob Cratchit and his family, especially Tiny Tim, an ill, young child that still sees the good in things.
Christmas Future focuses on a future where Scrooge is dead and forgotten, something which frightens Scrooge.
We all should know the ending by now, where Scrooge, aware of his horrid ways, goes to celebrate Christmas with his Nephew and family, and Cratchits family, with food and gifts for everyone.
A heart-warming ending and a reminder that Christmas is not about the self, but for celebrating with family and friends.
Let me know in the comments below if you’ve seen any of the adaptations i.e. Muppets, Disney version? or if you’ve read the book?
And as Tiny Tim says ‘A Merry Christmas, to everyone!’