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Christmas Trees

Charles Dickens wrote a piece called “A Christmas Tree” as a magazine article. In it, he describes a gathering of people admiring a Christmas tree. Then he goes on to describe all the memories that get triggered by the sight. He remembers childhood toys, food, and ghost stories among other things. Until this year, the […]

A Different Dickens Christmas Story

I’m going to start my annual re-reading of A Christmas Carol tonight.  One stave a night for five nights will let me finish it on Christmas Eve.  My edition of A Christmas Carol also contains several other Christmas stories that Dickens wrote.  I’ve read them before, but it’s been a while and I had some […]

The Man Who Invented Christmas Didn’t Write Like That

I went to see The Man Who Invented Christmas.  I liked it.  It is a highly fictionalized account of how Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol, which is one of my favorite books.  The drama of the movie comes from the fact that Dickens only gave himself six weeks to complete the book so that […]

Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol – Stave Five, The End of It

Well, we’ve come to the end.  This stave is really more of a coda than anything else.  It is here to show us the results and nothing more.  Scrooge awakens on Christmas morning a changed man.  He is happy and friendly and truly sorry for the way he acted before.  He reconciles with his nephew […]

Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol – Stave Four, The Last of the Spirits

Of all the staves, this is probably the easiest one to get right on film.  The spirit is nothing more than a black, hooded robe with a “spectral” hand outstretched.  There are a few conversations about the death (Scrooge doesn’t realize it is his own death, but it’s obvious to the audience).  Then a scene […]

Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol – Stave Three, The Second of the Three Spirits

This marks the center of the story.  It is probably the most famous part of the story as well.  We have Scrooge travelling with the Ghost of Christmas Present.  It contains the scene in the Cratchit household where we meet Bob’s family and Tiny Tim says, “God bless us, every one!”  It also has the […]

Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol – Stave Two, The First of the Three Spirits

Well, my schedule was thrown off a bit, but I’m back with the second installment.  The first of the three spirits is more commonly known as the Ghost of Christmas Past.  Of the three spirits, Christmas Past is the one that never looks right on screen.  Dickens says: It was a strange figure – like […]

Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol – Stave One Marley’s Ghost

I have a Christmas tradition that I would like to share.  Every year, for the past twenty or so years, I have read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  I always read it over five nights, one stave per night, so I finish the book on Christmas Eve.  I don’t know exactly why I started […]