|A Christmas Carol|
by Charles Dickens
"Marley was dead: to begin with." Another memorable opening line by Dickens. It sets the mood and leaves no argument that when Marley appears, he is most certainly a ghost.
This is a classic tale that has been told and retold many times by Hollywood. Of all of the different versions that I have seen, it is surprising to note that The Muppets' Christmas Carol is the most true to the original text as Gonzo plays the role of narrator quoting directly from the book.
One of my favorite Christmas traditions that we started years ago involves reading A Christmas Carol. There are only five chapters and every year, on the 20th of December, we read the first chapter and it becomes our countdown to Christmas, reading a chapter a night and concluding with the final chapter on Christmas Eve. We did modernize this tradition a couple of years ago by downloading the audio book so that we can all read along instead of taking turns reading out loud. I'm not sure I prefer this method though as it makes it a little more difficult for impromptu discussions mid-chapter.