Although I have watched the Christmas Carol in movie and cartoon format, I have never read the original Charles Dickens text. As we get closer to Christmas, I thought that I would try and get into the festive spirit by reading about Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Through visits from three ghosts, he learns lessons and is able to change his future by changing his present.
“Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead,” said Scrooge. “But if the courses be departed from the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me!”
The narrative is very descriptive and is indicative of 1843, when the novella was written. Having seen different versions of the movie, it is easy to picture the ghosts described and to hear Tiny Tim as he exclaims “God bless us, every one!” This enduring story of redemption and second chances is one that everyone should read. The message is important, not only at Christmas but year round as we need to be kind and thoughtful to others. Everyone should read the original story at Christmas!
“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will to shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone!”