Published on December 24th, 2012 | by Devin

A Christmas Carol

This isn’t just one of the most famous ghost stories ever – it’s also a holiday classic!

We all know that there are tons of ghost stories out there. But how many of them take place on Christmas Eve and were written by Charles Dickens, one of the most famous authors to ever live? I’ll tell you how many: just one!

A Christmas Carol!

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is scary, fun, moving and festive, all at the same time. Chances are, you probably know the story already, even if you don’t realize it! Ever seen the Bill Murray movie, Scrooged? Or maybe The Muppet Christmas Carol? What about one of those old Mr. Magoo animated Christmas specials that are always on TV in December? Or have you ever seen a character in one of your favourite television shows be visited by a ghost (or three ghosts!) who show them what their life would have been like if things were different? These are all based on A Christmas Carol!

Charles Dickens’ classic (which he wrote over 150 years ago – in 1843!) tells the story of a greedy old man named Ebenezer Scrooge (I know – weird name). One Christmas Eve night, after Scrooge has been particularly nasty to everybody around him, he is visited by three ghosts: The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come. These terrifying spirits take Scrooge on a journey into his past, the lives of his workers and family and what the world will be like once he has died. In the end, Scrooge changes his evil ways and discovers the importance of kindness, family, friends and the holidays!

This awesome story has been adapted so many times, I couldn’t list them all here if I tried. It’s been made into plays, movies, television specials – even operas! They’re all pretty great, so pick up any of them, get together with the family and enjoy.

Happy holidays and Merry Christmas!

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