December 19, 2015

Christmas, Ghosts, and Carols

In today’s culture, the time for ghosts and spirits is long past, with Halloween taking place almost two months ago, but in the Victorian era, Christmas was the time to tell ghost stories, and one of the most prolific is still told today.

“Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it: and Scrooge’s name was good upon ‘Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.”

This is the opening to Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, and immediately, the reader is hooked with intrigue! Through the course of this story, Ebeneezer Scrooge is visited by four spirits and rediscovers his love for and appreciation of Christmas and the holidays.

Illustration from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

Illustration from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Do you read A Christmas Carol during the holiday season? How about watching one of the many versions on film? Which is your favourite?


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