Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A Christmas Carol - Introduction

Christmas.

How many of you, who celebrate Christmas, do so with presents, a tree, a turkey, and the day off of work?

Prior to the publication of A Christmas Carol, these things were not the normal way people celebrated Christmas. Charles Dickens started the tradition of Christmas as we know it.

A Christmas Carol is one of the best known stories in the western world. "Scrooge" is a recognized noun (a niggard: a selfish person who is unwilling to give or spend). "Bah, Humbug!" is instantly recognizable. "Tiny Tim" is a byword for the heart rending tragic character in a story.

We've all seen A Christmas Carol on TV. How many versions have you seen? Mickey Mouse? Mr. Magoo? The Muppets? The newest one with Jim Carey?

Most people have never read the actual book however. This is your chance to see the original, and appreciate its humor and detail.

Enjoy, and prepare for a great holiday season!

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