Literary Advent Calendar: December 1, 2021

Happy December 1st!

Is there a better way to begin the festive season then by reading A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens? You can read it for free at Project Gutenberg. You can also listen to it for free; read by Neil Gaiman.

And if you’re looking for a more immersive experience, enjoy this video about the origins of A Christmas Carol.

Happy Holidays!

Victober Update (A Christmas Carol)

Image via Heritage Commons.

I did not expect to enjoy A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, first published in 1843. Also, this was my first time reading anything by Charles Dickens. To be perfectly honest with you, I don’t know if I’ve ever had the desire to read any of his works. But I’m so glad I did. This story was incredible. I’ve never seen any of the movie adaptations either, but I picked this story as part of Victober 2020 because of the film The Man Who Invented Christmas. The film was based on this book, in case you’re interested. I listened to A Christmas Carol on Audible narrated by Tim Curry, who did a phenomenal job. If you want to listen to the story, I recommend the version narrated by Tim Curry.

It was fascinating to get to know Mr. Scrooge and seeing his transformation into a better human being. Even though many films and books copied Charles Dickens’ original idea of the ghosts from the past and the present, it was interesting to meet the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (which I found the most ominous). The plot is a pretty brilliant idea and the fact that lots of our Christmas traditions stem from it makes the story even more wonderful. Also, this is the perfect Christmas read to get into the holiday spirit, so I plan to re-read it in November.

Have you read A Christmas Carol?

xoxo, Jane