Christmas Tradition: A Christmas Carol


Every year we read Dickens's A Christmas Carol. This is nothing original by any means, but it is one of my favorites. Reading the story is, of course, far better than any movie. There is so much wit in his writing--I really like his style of prose. I think that we can all be reminded that money does not bring happiness, and that people do. I also think that most of us feel that we already know that fact, but we often fail to apply it to our lives. We work ten hours a day, six days a week...for what? People? Nope. For money. I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but I just want to say it out loud. I think that in the day to day grind we focus too much on what we do for work, and not enough on what we do for people.

Here's an exerpt from the first always starts me off laughing:

Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.
Mind! I don't mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country's done for. You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

I highly suggest reading this book this month. It's a quick read, and full of details you can't find in any film.


julia said...

ha! i've never read "a christmas carol," but after reading this, i think this year is the year. so smart and facetious.

i hadn't ever seen the "festivus for the rest of us" episode of seinfeld until today, and it might break into the tradition list.

it's no dickens, but good for a few laughs!

Natalie said...

I've never read this book! I of course know the story but after reading your post, I wonder if I really do know the story! Thnaks for the idea!

Dee said...

I bought it three years ago and still have not read it!