“Marley was dead: to begin with.” Thoughts on A Christmas Carol

A christmas carolI’ve always loved Charles Dickens’ timeless classic, A Christmas Carol, the most widely popular piece of fiction he ever wrote. Given all his great novels, the popularity of this far shorter work would likely surprise him. It’s not the length of a story but its weight, and A Christmas Carol has deep significance. There are those individuals I can think of, and likely so can you, who would greatly benefit from the visit of three spirits on Christmas Eve. I have prayed this might occur, and still do. Transformation in a good way is of inestimable worth to the person involved and everyone whose lives they touch.

Another amazing thing about A Christmas Carol is that Dickens didn’t begin writing the story until October of 1843 and it was published that same year. Quick work.

From: http://www.charlesdickensinfo.com/christmas-carol/

A Christmas Carol was the most successful book of the 1843 holiday season.  By Christmas it sold six thousand copies and it continued to be popular into the new year. Eight stage adaptations were in production within two months of the book’s publication.

The book is as popular today as it was over 150 years ago. Charles Dickens, through the voice of Scrooge, continues to urge us to honor Christmas in our hearts and  try to keep it all the year.”

***If only more people did, I add.

Excerpts From An American Rose Christmas“Scrooge’s transformation is legendary.  At the beginning of the story he’s a greedy, selfish person .

“Every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.” to the man who “knew how to keep Christmas well.”

Initially Scrooge is a miser who shows a decided lack of concern for the rest of mankind.  However after a ghostly night, Scrooge sees life in a whole new way.

“He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world.”~

“I wear the chain I forged in life….I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it.”
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

“No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused”
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Vintage American Christmas Card--excited boy peering through window“For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.”
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!”
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

So be good and caring and kind.

And God bless us everyone.

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

5 responses to ““Marley was dead: to begin with.” Thoughts on A Christmas Carol

  1. One of my favorites. Could learn a lot from it. Great post.
    Sue B

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Very interesting blog, but I didn’t need to look at pictures of the savory puddings. Not my cup of tea.


  3. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044008/

    This was always my favorite version. We watch it every years.

    Liked by 1 person

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