Long before J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Lewis Carroll in the British literary scene, there was Charles Dickens. He was a prolific writer who made references in his writing to child labor and cruelty, social structure, political turmoil, poverty, etc. His most famous and (in my opinion) his best work is the classic novel, "A Christmas Carol". His most iconic characters are from that novel: Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, and Tiny Tim.
Many people are familiar with various film adaptations of "The Christmas Carol". It has to be the most popular Christmas film in history. Why is "The Christmas Carol" so popular and appealing? It has to do a lot with the sentimental story and remarkable transformation of Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge. He starts off as a single-dimensional character- a character who was greedy for gain and negative. There is a reason why he became that way. As we journey into Mr. Scrooge's past, we understand (alongside with him) on why he became that way. As we develop compassion for his, Mr. Scrooge also starts to develop compassion within him for other people. The way Charles Dickens relays that story through the visitations of his former business colleague, Marley, and three ghosts aspects of Christmases- past, present, and future. In the original work, Charles Dickens directly references hell and punishment if Ebenezer Scrooge remains the same greedy person. He had to transform to a better person to serve mankind.
Upon reading the original version or even watching the older classics starring Alastair Sims or Reginald Owens, it seems like a ghost story that scares you more than it inspires you. But, when you experience the fear, wonderment, and transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge, it is well worth reading or watching the movie- though you will get a more impactful experience if you read the original book.
"The Christmas Carol" should be read every year to remind us and our family about the spirit of Christmas and the spirit of giving. It is a good book to allow us to reflect on our own lives and what we did throughout the year. There is something magical when you can experience "giving back" or charity the way Ebenezer Scrooge was able to towards the end of the book.
The creative genius and ingenuity of Charles Dickens comes alive in "The Christmas Carol". Reading the book in its original unabridged format is more impactful than using 3-D glasses and watching it on-screen. There is magic in the words of the book.
As an author, Pascasio Felisilda recently published the book "Nanay: Lessons from a Mother". This is a very inspiring book. Its simplicity empowers the message and story about a legacy that is worth living. The book is available through http://www.ebookstand.com/book_details/Nanay_Lessons_from_a_Mother_PAPERBACK_VERSION or through
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