Clash, clash, hammer; ding, dong, bell! Bell, dong, ding; hammer, clang, clash! Oh, glorious, glorious!” – Stave V, A Christmas Carol
Morning has come! The Spirits did it all in one night! The bells are ringing — and I have a new edition of Charles Dickens’ classic tale, A Christmas Carol, complete with history, poetry, and writing prompts.
- How Charles Dickens saved Christmas
- What’s the deal with Fred’s wife and that footstool?
- Scrooge, Weather Superhero
More Things in Heaven and Earth
An Invitation to Read, from Author Megan Willome
Which came first: my love of Charles Dickens’ classic book A Christmas Carol or my love of the movie The Muppet Christmas Carol? It’s a pick’em — I enjoy both every December. I love the movie for Michael Caine’s spot-on portrayal of Scrooge, for its joyous songs by Paul Williams, and most of all because it gets Dickens’ ghosts right.
It’s less that I like ghosts in particular and more that I like the idea of earth and heaven containing presences not visible. Surely shades walk among us, swinging disused bells.
And just how many specters exist in Dickens’ tale? Of course we have the big three, the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. We also have Jacob Marley’s ghost, haunting the door knocker and hauling his chain of cashboxes, ledgers, and the like. But there are other unexplained moments in the story.
Want it to feel like Christmas? Read Charles Dickens’ classic, with more of my poem-y notes!