A Christmas Carol Tradition

It is a known fact that Christmas is my favorite Holiday. One of the several traditions is watching the George C. Scott Version of A Christmas Carol, aka my favorite Christmas movie. Now, I believe I am adding another Christmas Carol tradition. It was my 16th finished book of the year. So, what is that new tradition?

Reading the Book

Not only is A Christmas Carol my favorite Christmas movie, but my favorite Christmas book as well. It is starting to become a common tradition to read the book over the Holidays. One of the several reasons why it is becoming one is due to having my own copy. A few years ago, one of my Christmas gifts was the book, A Christmas Treasury, which is home to many short stories and poems. It just so happened that A Christmas Carol is the first book in there.

A Christmas Carol is filled with several memorable characters- helps that Dickens is good with names . It truly teaches us the spirit of Christmas. How did we become who we are today? Are we able to change? The story makes us think about all of that- due to the spirits Scrooge is visited by.

Christmas Book Blogger Tag

Whenever it is hard to think of posts, I enjoy looking for tags. So it was fun when I found this tag over at Kira Jeanette. For someone who loves BOTH Christmas and books, I was automatically interested. Lets start

What is your favorite Christmas scene in a book?

There are too many to pick from, but still have to choose one. The most recent Christmas scenes I discovered was from The Nevermoor series. The city of Nevermoor has one of the most magical and amazing Christmas day- starting on Christmas Eve. The battle between The Yule Queen and Saint Nick is wonderful to witness- they even promise something different for Christmas. Saint Nick (burning fire in fireplace and a stocking of gifts) and Yule Queen (White Christmas). Of course, this is pretty magical in the first book- considering it is Morrigan’s first Christmas in Nevermoor.

Do you have any Christmas book traditions?

I haven’t actually created one yet, but if I did most likely it would be reading A Christmas Carol every year

Do you prefer to get presents of book vouchers or books?

Books, for sure! I am a bookworm after all, so of course I would keep on wanting new books.

Do you give books as presents?

That depends, to be honest—–as in who I am giving them to.

What bookish item is on your Christmas wishlist?

Well, that would be books; for the most part, I don’t want any other book items

What 3 books would you love Santa to have in his sack for you?

I can’t actually think of 3 books at the moment; so can’t really answer

Fake Christmas tree or real Christmas tree?

Real- my family has always done real Christmas trees. It is always fun buying them and ending with a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate. The next step is lights and ornaments and ending with the gifts.

What’s your favorite thing about Christmas?

Seriously, I don’t really have a #1 favorite thing about Christmas. I mean, it is my favorite Holiday after all.

What Christmas book would you recommend?

I do love multiple Christmas books, but I do have a favorite. My favorite Christmas book is “A Christmas Carol”. It is actually the first story in “A Christmas Treasury”, which is another amazing book to recommend.

What dish on your Christmas menu are you most looking forward to?

Zebra Cake, of course. It is my dad’s desert dish.

When do you open your Christmas presents?

I open my stocking up first (the gifts in those are what I consider Santa gifts)- only because it is the easiest to open. So, the stocking gifts technically are my first Christmas presents. I still have to wait for the rest of my family to wake up before it is time to open up Christmas presents, so later in the morning.

What’s your favorite Christmas song?

Not again- too many songs. But I can tell you my favorite moment in the Candlelight Christmas Eve Service- “Silent Night”- the lights in church go light and candles get lit. Those candles were given to us at the beginning of the service for this particular moment.

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?

This would be amazing to witness- but due to living in North Carolina, it is hard to come across a White Christmas

Extra Fun Stuff to Do during the Holidays

While it is true the Holidays are have a lot of spirit, there are still some extra fun things to do. As in outside of decorating the tree, the outside lights, going to favorite Christmas services, the fun in the gifts- that obvious stuff. But, have you really thought about some of the extra fun stuff to do?

Examples of Fun Things to Do

  1. The Nutcracker (among other Holiday shows like A Christmas Carol)
  2. Holiday Concerts
  3. Holiday Parties
  4. Gingerbread House Making
  5. The Massive Lights- McAdenville for instance
  6. Winterlight- this high school youth conference counts for me (as it happened in December)

*That what I mean- if you do more than what you do typically at home*

The Best Christmas Books

One thing that is important to bookworms is to always be in the middle of reading a book. Now that we are in the middle of Christmas season, there are some books that are wonderful to read. That is a result of them either being Christmas book and/or having some of the best Christmas and Winter scenes. So, what books are the best Christmas books.

  1. A Christmas Carol- my favorite Christmas book
  2. Man Who Invented Christmas- the origin story of “A Christmas Carol”
  3. A Christmas Treasury- a collection of short stories and poems (“A Christmas Carol” is part of it)
  4. Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe- the first book is the one with Narnia’s Winter
  5. Harry Potter Series
  6. Nevermoor Series
  7. Spinning Silver- a chilly and icy book

*The Harry Potter and Nevermoor Series are on here because the Christmas in their fantasy worlds are magical.

What Christmas books would you add?

A Christmas Carol Review

After reading Man Who Invented Christmas, I went to A Christmas Carol. This is a reread of A Christmas Carol.

Though London awaits the joyful arrival of Christmas, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge thinks it’s all humbug, berating his faithful clerk and cheerful nephew for their view. Later, Scrooge encounters the ghost of his late business partner, who warns that three spirits will visit him this night. The ghosts take Scrooge on a journey through his past, present and future in the hope of transforming his bitterness

Of all Dickens’ books, this is my favorite. In so many ways, A Christmas Carol truly captures the spirit of Christmas. From a bunch of characters to love- Scrooge, Mr. Cratchit, Tiny Tim, etc… Each of the three ghosts come to help teach Scrooge a lesson- lessons that will help him become a better person. There is family, compassion, and the spirit of Christmas shown through the story. There is a reason why it is so well known.