I'm not sure what I can say about my reread of A Christmas Carol that hasn't already been said a million times in a million different ways.
A Christmas Carol was first published in 1843 and it has never been out of print since. And there's a very good reason for that.
This novella is full of scary ghosts, the warm glow of redemption and a sweet-natured child to tug at our heart strings. All the ingredients for a good family story!
Dickens weaves Christian themes & social justice concerns into a tale that celebrates traditions, family, kindness & charity. Universal themes that still resonant down through the ages.
Thanks to Nancy's in depth, detailed review, I was on the look out for window motifs and bells. I also spotted many of Dicken's own personal themes shining through this story - the innocence of childhood, the horror of poverty & the almost saccharine sweet image of a family happily gathered around a blazing hearth.
Ultimately, A Christmas Carol reminds us that it is never too late to change, it's never too late to give & love, it's never too late to be kind & forgiving and it's never too late to laugh.
And thanks to all the love out there in twitter and blogger land I plan to watch The Muppets Christmas Carol special this year too!
It turns out I'm a 'Merry Christmas, bless you one and all' type after all :-)