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?
I read this for the first time in high school, and then after reading it again last year, I decided to start a personal holiday tradition and read it every holiday season.
Even when considering the length of this short book, the characters never seemed shallow or flat to me, and the development of Scrooge’s character is perfect. Dickens’s writing is beautiful and full of unexpectedly dry humor.
There is such a poignant moral message at the end of the story that really does evoke a positive and joyful outlook from the reader without seeming cliche or cheesy at all.
This is such a classic Christmas story that never gets old and never fails to put me in the Christmas spirit (pun intended).
What is your favorite Christmas story?