Though we’re all wrapping up our holiday celebrations, it’s never too late for the classic Christmas tale A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The book starts off with the main protagonist of the story, Ebenezer Scrooge, on Christmas Eve. Scrooge’s nephew, Fred, tries to invite his uncle over for Christmas dinner, but Scrooge says that Christmas is a humbug. After his nephew leaves, two more men come in seeking a donation from Scrooge to give the poor a Christmas dinner. Scrooge, being the rude old man that he is, says the poor must die to “decrease the surplus population.”
At home, the ghost of his dead partner, Marley, visits Scrooge The specter tells him that three spirits will visit him; the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.
The first of the psyches, the Ghost of Christmas Past, takes Scrooge to Christmas events that took place in his youth. These scenes depict his solitary youth, his strong bond with his now dead sister and a Christmas party with his first boss, Mr. Fezziwig.
The second spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Present, shows Scrooge how his nephew was making fun of him. Also the phantom shows Scrooge Bob Crachit’s Christmas feast, where Crachit’s youngest son Tiny Tim is full of happiness, despite the fact that he is very ill
The third pneuma, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to come, shows Scrooge Christmas a year later, where Tiny Tim is dead because Bob Crachit could not afford the treatment on his small salary. Also the spirit shows Scrooge his employees stealing things from his dead corpse.
Scrooge wakes up on Christmas morning, a changed man, and sends the prize turkey to Bob Crachit’s family and spends Christmas with his nephew. The book ends with Tiny Tim saying those famous words;“ God bless us, everyone!”
I think this is book is the perfect way to capture the Christmas spirit. If you need an uplifting story about Christmas, then A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is the perfect book for you.
-Anmol K., 7th grade