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Merry Christmas from Old Scrooge

It suddenly occurred to me that an annual reading of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol might be a nice family tradition to adopt. I could have sworn we had a small hardcover copy (the kind you see, in large undisturbed stacks, on the gift tables at B&N this time of year) somewhere, which I haven't found, nor is it in any of the numerous Norton Anthologies that my English major wife and I have around the house. (Not serious enough literature for the Nortons, I guess.) Sure, the story is available online, but I find it less than warm and cozy to gather the family and curl up around my Dell laptop. I'll probably check the after-Christmas sales at the bookstores and start the tradition next year.

For those of you who are indeed comfortable with curling up around the laptop, I direct you to this nice clean copy of Dickens' classic seasonal tale. I'm often called a Scrooge myself, though I like to pretend it's in reference to the Christmas morning, buying the fattest goose, dinner at the Cratchits version. So in a way I identify with the old guy.

Merry Christmas to you and yours (or Happy Holidays or whatever greeting you prefer) from this old Scrooge. Bless us every one.

December 24, 2007 in Books | Permalink


I picked up a copy of Patrick Stewart reading it on audiobook with a similar tradition-making thing happening. Not sure yet about it - he sounds in places like someone at Random House is sticking him in the side with a hot cattle prod to make him read faster! with MORE EMPHASIS!

Posted by: Matthew Tiffany at Dec 24, 2007 12:23:46 PM