So it’s getting to that time of year when I start to think about picking up one of my beautiful copies of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, curling under a blanket and delving into the Big Smoke during the 1800’s. Having read the book countless times, this is becoming a very familiar world to me.
I started to think about the reasons why reading A Christmas Carol every year at Christmas is such as massive deal for me; why it’s a rite of passage before the Christmas period. I’ve compiled a list of 5 reasons why I love reading this particular story so much!
1. It really puts me into the Christmas spirit
I have vivid memories of being about 9 years old, reading this book at my Nan and Grandad’s house, head peeking out of a massive duvet in the downstairs bedroom. I was allowed 30 minutes of “secret bedtime reading” (it wasn’t secret, everyone knew I was doing it…) before I really did have to turn my light off. A Christmas Carol was always my book of choice at this time of the year.
2. It brings back good memories
Because of that I now associate reading this book with happy times; Christmas spirit, family, feeling warm and happy and safe. It makes me feel grateful for what I have at Christmas.
3. It’s better than its film versions
The story of A Christmas Carol has become so popularised now. Everyone knows the tale. There are countless versions (Jim Carrey’s and the Muppets are two of my preferred versions!). Though I also love watching the films at Christmas time, there’s something about reading the physical, tangible book where I connect with the true meaning of the story more.
4. It’s heart-warming
Reading A Christmas Carol pushes me to reflect on how lucky I am during the Christmas period. Everyone always talks about the “true” meaning of Christmas and how you can’t find that under the tree. I can find the true meaning of Christmas inside that book.
5. It’s beautifully written
Or maybe I’m just biased because I love the story so much. I’m a huge fan of Charles Dickens and really enjoy reading his works. He writes in a world that’s so familiar to me; London. Yet also unfamiliar; London has progressed so much since A Christmas Carol was written that it’s almost hard to believe it’s set there.
So there we have it! Thanks so much for reading. I’d love to know if there’s any books you read every year and why?
Love Zoe xx