A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
This one is kind of a no-brainer, it being Christmas and all. I chose the Watermill Classic Edition as an illustration because it’s the edition I bought at a Scholastic Book fair in sixth grade, and the one I still read nearly every year. Needless to say, it’s falling apart, but it gets the job done!
Though you’ve seen A Christmas Carol rehashed a kazillion trillion times (and that was just in the last week), there’s still much to discover in Dickens’ original tale. There are some slow passages, but there are also thrilling, heart-breaking and terrifying ones that give Scrooge a much greater sense of humanity that often doesn’t translate to the screen, since most of the attention is placed on the iconic Christmas ghosts.
Speaking of which, I explore the whacked-out origin of the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come in one of my favorite DeFlip Side Christmas episodes, The Pasts of Christmas Ghosts. Have a listen and Merry Christmas!