Almost everyone knows the story of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. It has become a Christmas tradition as people reread the story or watch different versions of plays or movies of the tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. Sadly I haven’t actually read the book yet (but it’s on my to read list!), but I do love watching A Muppet Christmas Carol each year and thinking about the message of the story –
Christmas is about love.
Especially in modern society, we spend a lot of time on the shopping and gifts. My dad’s favorite holiday is Halloween and he says it’s because no one is ever disappointed; everyone likes candy. Too many times do we see disappointment on Christmas morning when that’s not what it’s even about!
With my young children I want to make sure that they understand what Christmas is really about – Christ, love, family, friends, kindness, generosity, sharing, caring. And I think that comes with traditions that focus on those attributes (which I’ll be talking about more in a book review next week!). And of course the Santa and magic of Christmas is fun too. I think there just needs to be a good mix of both.
God Bless Us, Everyone One! is about the story behind the book A Christmas Carol and how it came to be. We do know that Charles Dickens was forever changed by the book that he wrote. The story began as a desperation to provide money for his family as his previous book sales were diminishing, but this book opened not only his eyes, but the eyes of generations after.
God Bless Us, Everyone One! is such a fun interpretation of how the story came to life for Dickens. The illustrations are beautiful and help portray the thoughts and feelings that Dickens might have had as he experienced A Christmas Carol in his own life. Almost a brief summary of the actual story of A Christmas Carol, this book is definitely something you’ll want to bring out at Christmas each year to read with the family. As I read this book, I couldn’t help but think about Dickens’ famous work and the feelings that I feel when I hear that story. The magic and spirit of Christmas jump out at you as you learn about Dickens’ background and the change that he had in his own heart. You and your family will love this book!
You can find God Bless Us, Every One! at Deseret Book.
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