I don’t think I can do without the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his Christmas Eve journey of redemption at this time of year.
Many of the familiar things we enjoy about the Christmas holiday sprang from that story; wishing someone a “Merry Christmas,” for example! And, when you call someone a “Scrooge”, exclaim “God bless us, everyone!”, or utter the phrase “Bah Humbug”, everyone knows what you mean.
Everyone has had a crack at the story:
Small town theater productions
Even the Muppets had their way with it.
I’ll admit I enjoy every incarnation of the tale.
I’ve been in the habit of re-reading the story the last couple of Christmas’. And you can too, for free! Google Books and the University of Virginia have kindly published them online.
Amazon offers it for the Kindle for free and over at Barnes & Noble it’s a meer $0.99
Next year would have been Charles Dickens 200th birthday. The Charles Dickens Museum is planing big things!