Frosted window panes
Candles gleaming inside
Painted candy canes on the tree
Santa’s on his way
He’s filled his sleigh with things
Things for you and for me
It’s that time of year
When the world falls in love
Every song you hear seems to say
May your New Year dreams come true
And this song of mine
In three-quarter time
Wishes you and yours
The same thing too.
– The Christmas Waltz By Jules Stine and Sammy Cahn
Today, I want to share a new tradition I started last year. For the whole month of December I listen to different versions of The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens on Audible. Not only is Dickens easier in audio versions, but it puts you in a wonderful mood for Christmas. Most versions are 3-5 hours long, with the Patrick Stewart or Tim Curry versions being my favorite.
This is perfect for commutes, especially if you work retail and your having a hard time staying in the mood of the season, or just as you fold laundry and dust and cook. It’s also perfect to share with the family around a fire and a bowl of popcorn.
Dickens masterful work of the ‘meaning of Christmas’ is rich, wholesome, and yet very down to earth, filled with human nature. His descriptions of the market place on Christmas, Mr. Fezziwig, and the Bob Cratchit’s family are a wonderful delight. I hope in a few more years to be able to directly quote this book after listening to it so many times, though I’ll probably do it in Patrick Stewart’s voice.
Merry Christmas and “God bless us, every one!”