Welcome to week 3 of Countdown to Christmas! Countdown to Christmas is a weekly feature where I recommend a different Christmas-y book each week to read this holiday season. Last week was so busy, I ended up taking a break from Countdown to Christmas, but this week I am back. Today I am actually featuring two books, because my niece wanted to share a Christmas book of her own!
Today’s picks are A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and The Santa Claus Book by Eileen Daly.
A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens. It was first published by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from a supernatural visit by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. The book was written and published in early Victorian era Britain, a period when there was strong nostalgia for old Christmas traditions together with the introduction of new customs, such as Christmas trees and greeting cards. Dickens’ sources for the tale appear to be many and varied, but are, principally, the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.
The Santa Claus Book is all about Santa delivering toys on Christmas Eve!
A Christmas Carol is honestly such a delightful read! Even if you’ve seen some of the many adaptations, the book is still worth the read. Ebeneezer Scrooge is so memorable for a reason. It’s quite short and I really think every book lover should at least give this one a try!
The Santa Claus Book is such a cute and fun picture book. It is filled such gorgeous, vintage pictures, and it just puts you in such a Christmas-y mood. My 5-year-old niece really adores this one and loves reading about Santa delivering presents!
Have you read either of these books? 🎄
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