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A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Stories

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  31,175 Ratings  ·  517 Reviews
A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Stories is a gift full of Dickens's writings and reflections on the Yuletide season. It includes the full text of A Christmas Carol, featuring all eight illustrations from the first edition by John Leech, the artist who gave fanciful form to Dickens's vision of Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, and the spirits of Christmas. In addit ...more
Hardcover, 196 pages
Published October 11th 2009 by Fall River Press (first published 1843)
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Apr 26, 2016 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a Christmas traditionalist. That is, I follow various Christmas traditions – both family-inherited and self-imposed – with more faith than usually given to the actual religious underpinnings of the holiday. My wife and therapist both would probably say this is an unconscious attempt on my part to exert control and impose order on my world, but whatever.

On the day after Thanksgiving, I get a tree, a real one, because I’ve already forgotten how hard it was to dispose of last year’s tree. I t
Saoirse Sterling
[First read: 2010 or thereabouts. 4 stars.
Second read: Christmas 2015. 4 stars.]

You can read my review of A Christmas Carol on my site XLeptodactylous.

Ghost stories were the theme of Christmas during Victorian times and it's a tradition that is sorely missed. Charles Dickens is pretty much King of Christmas, and all these stories have a spectral vibe to them. They all contain the same kind of feeling to them, and give us a meaning to Christmas that I think we've let go of a little. Even I of a
Only Mr Charles Dickens could ever dream of animating Christmas Fayre with his wonderous prose as he does some chestnuts and a Spanish Onion in A Christmas Carol .
There were great, round, pot-bellied baskets of chestnuts, shaped like the waistcoats of jolly old gentlemen, lolling at the doors, and tumbling out onto the street in there apoplectic opulence. There were ruddy, brown faced, wide –girthed Spanish Onions, shining in the fatness of their growth like Spanish Friars; and winking from thei
helen the bookowl
Dec 04, 2014 helen the bookowl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whenever I start a book like this, I expect for it to put me in the Christmas mood, and so it did! From the very first page, I could feel the crispness of the snow under my feet and the chill of the weather, and I didn't mind at all that we were in a graveyard!
Most of these Christmas stories contain pure magic - I especially loved the Sexton one and the legendary A Christmas Carol. Other stories didn't intrigue me that much but they still put me in the mood for Christmas. So all in all, I would
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
"I have always thought of Christmas time as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely."
Grace Tjan
I suppose that a story that is so ubiquitous during Christmas time as this one needs no introduction. I can see why it has been constantly popular for more than one hundred years. I appreciate the writing and craft that goes into the story, the social commentary, the worthy morals, and the affection that generations of readers have for it. But I hated it. Yes, it's official, I'm the Grinch and (pre-reformed) Scrooge rolled into one. I have a heart made of stone, or at least something equally har ...more
Sean Wilson
How can you rate one of the greatest morality novellas of all time? It's a Christmas classic! Preaching compassion, sympathy, empathy and generosity, A Christmas Carol is beautifully written, atmospheric, playful and politically charged.
Christmas - love and hope - the truest essence of joy, generosity, grace, and mercy - is so beautifully and imaginatively conveyed through Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL. One of my favorite Christmastime stories of all times.

One can be rich in materialism, wealthy beyond measure, but poor and loathsome in spirit. A real Bah Humbug - Scrooge. And one can be poor or of modest means by the world's standards, yet rich in all things of priceless, eternal worth. Such as Bob Cratchit (love the play
MJ Nicholls
Five Christmas novellas from 1843-1848, Dickens’s Xmas-crazy period (followed by the rest of his career), ranging from the oft-forgotten title piece (who reads that anymore?) to the four others read religiously in homes from Puerto Rico to Portsmouth (or have I mixed that up?). ‘The Chimes’ is the grittiest of these moralistic, blatantly sentimental novellas, with its imagined descent into degradation and squalor if the protag refuses to cherish Xmas, and ‘The Cricket on the Hearth’ is the most ...more
When it comes to Christmas books, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is probably the first book that comes to mind. Published in 1843, this novella was an instant success and has been a beloved classic since then. I am not going to go into a plot summary because I believe most people know the story but if you don’t, go watch A Muppet’s Christmas Carol. Told in five staves (similar to stanzas or verses) this book has been adapted so many times that A Christmas Carol has just become a part of th ...more
Dec 29, 2014 Rikke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A Christmas Carol" is of course worthy of five stars, but as this is a review of the entire volume as a whole, I have settled on four stars instead.

You can't say "Christmas" without saying "Dickens". It is an undying rule and also a tribute to how great a writer Dickens truly was. How he managed to capture the perfect essence of the Christmas spirit in one small book and therefore creating an everlasting mark on our way to perceive this particular holiday. It is both an astonishing and remarkab
AmberBug **
Dec 17, 2012 AmberBug ** rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone during Christmas Time
Oh, Dickens... you've done it again. Pulling at my heartstrings during this special time of year, Christmas. I'm so glad I decided to read this during the Holiday. You see, I'm always left with a bad feeling during Christmas because it makes me so neurotic. Cleaning, shopping, making food, parties, no time to do everything... CHAOS! I detest the feeling of "GO GO GO" and "BUY EVERYTHING". I wish we could live in the times when Christmas was all about giving to those in need and gathering round a ...more
Richard Kramer
Jan 14, 2013 Richard Kramer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have lived many years thinking I'd read this, but that was actually a big, big lie. I knew the key stuff, because everyone does. But had I read it? No! So, this Christmas, I did. It explodes with high spirits, sentimentality, comedy, hunger for life and fear of the darkness, like most of his stuff. I had two little insights about it, possibly worthless, but not to me. The first is that Scrooge and Marley were more than business partners. They lived together, were both "bachelors"; I thought, a ...more
Brianne Hepworth
Oct 28, 2015 Brianne Hepworth rated it really liked it
I actually enjoyed reading this book. I am obviously familiar with the story, but not completely. My last encounter with Dickens was when I was 16 and I read Great Expectations. While I remember enjoying that book, I also remember I had a REALLY hard time understanding it. Sadly, this book wasn't that different. I often had to reread sentences or paragraphs, or I would just trek on and hope that eventually through context clues I would understand. In the end, I comprehended most everything of wh ...more
Dec 22, 2008 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
I've realized that despite years of watching A Christmas Carol every Christmas (either in movie or play form), I had never actually read the original text. So this year I decided to take some time and read the book prior to seeing the play. I wasn't fact, I was excited to see that the productions I've seen have been fairly true to the text.

The language is very true to the standard Victorian form and to other works of Dickens. The descriptions are ornate and flowery. T
Aug 25, 2014 Pink rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've wavered with my rating for this. If I'm totally honest, it was probably only 2 stars in pure enjoyment factor, but I recognise that it's worthy of more. I enjoyed some of the snappy sentences, liked the plot development and appreciated how certain phrases have lasted 170 years to become part of our language. Overall though, I found it saccharinely marketed for the Victorian audience and some parts were just boring. Having just finished and loved Jane Eyre, which was written around the same ...more
Dec 31, 2012 Loren rated it liked it
Giving this 3 stars makes me look like a Scrooge, but really the lack of 5 stars is for the other stories included in the book, not the one you're familiar with. A Christmas Carol really does hold up on re-reading, even if you can quote parts of it aloud. I'd forgotten that Scrooge sees the housekeeper, the landlady, and the undertaker sell his stuff to the pawnbroker. One of them actually took his best shirt off his corpse in order to sell it. That's seriously harsh.

The book is filled out with
Tanya (aka ListObsessedReader)
I've previously read A Christmas Carol, but the rest of this collection was a first time read for me. Some of the stories are wonderful, others good, and one I had a bad time with... So I'm giving it three stars overall, but some of the individual stories are definitely worth more. Very glad to have finally read some more of Dickens' Christmas writings!
Paul Haspel
Jan 05, 2014 Paul Haspel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
A Christmas without Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol seems unthinkable, and therefore it’s appropriate that this Penguin Books edition of A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings by Dickens is introduced with the famous anecdote of a child in London responding to the news of Dickens’s 1870 passing by crying out, “Dickens dead? Then will Father Christmas die too?” The great British novelist’s influence on how people around the world think about the Christmas holiday remains just as str ...more
Apr 03, 2016 Lesle rated it really liked it
Reminds me what Christmas is all about...the giving
Wonderful story of compassion.
Dec 21, 2015 Jason marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas, dickens
Reviews for the contents of this book are linked below.

The Christmas Books:

Read Lord knows how many times since 2000 or so:
A Christmas Carol

Read in 2013:
The Chimes
The Cricket on the Hearth

Read in 2014:
The Battle of Life
The Haunted Man

The Short Stories:

Read in 2014:
The Story of the Goblins who Stole a Sexton

Read in 2015:
A Christmas Tree
What Christmas Is as We Grow Older
The Poor Relation's Story
The Child's Story
The Schoolboy's Story
Nobody's Story
The Seven Poor Travellers (2.5)
The Holl
Review: A Christmas Carol

(finished 12/29/13)

"I have always thought of Christmas time... as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely."

I must confess, my experiences with Dickens have been limited to my attempt to read Great Expectations in the ninth grade, and Oliver Twist in the tenth. Needless to say, trying to cram Dickens in a short amount of
Yasiru (reviews will soon be removed and linked to blog)
To be Dickensian is, once the (albeit crucial) social commentary is discounted, simply put, to be rich (with all the vaguely ironic connotations). Foremost, this means to be rich in detail and occupy such a spectrum that the detail of an individual's anguish or joy or anything in between is never obscured by the vivid and cacophonous gathering or setting he is depicted as either witness to or finding himself a part of, an observer in his own mind if not a stranger. A whole scene can be picked ap ...more
russell barnes
Dec 21, 2015 russell barnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rob Manwaring
2015 review:
Well if it's good enough for Van Gogh to re-read multiple times, it's good enough for me - and do you know what? It just gets better and better.

The Haunted Man bears re-reading just to get you head around the metaphysicality of it all, and once you get to grips with the language (like all Dickens I suppose), it becomes a lovely counterpoint to the obvious centre of attention, and As We Grow Older and Seven Travellers are also little festive gems. Obviously it's all about the glorious
Dec 08, 2008 Tricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that I'm a little ashamed to say that I haven't read before. But, my online book group is reading it this month and now I am SO GLAD I can say that I have read it.

I know I don't really need to give any kind of a plot synopsis. But, I can see where I would have been turned off by reading it in my younger years. Dickens does occasionally go off on wordy tangents, which for a book that is only 100 pages seems somewhat unnecessary. But, it was a lovely enjoyable read which
Stefanie Price
Dec 08, 2011 Stefanie Price rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so we all know the story. I know the story, and the various movie adaptations representing it so well that until this was chosen for my book group it had never occurred to me to read it. I am so glad that I now have. Dickens, as always writes in such an evocative manner that you can really feel the bitter, frigid temperatures of dickensian London - it actually makes you feel shivery, so vivid is his descriptive language and powerful storytelling. There is humour that I did not expect in th ...more
A Christmas Carol, of course, gets five stars. Tightly and movingly written, it's a masterpiece of a Christmas story. The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain can't decide whether to be frightening or sentimental and, while it does have its moving and its funny bits, does neither frightening nor sentimental very well. The other pieces in this collection come as random pictures meant to spark emotion and feed its flame, to the satiety, or perhaps exhaustion, of the reader. There is something of "s ...more
Allison Dunlap
Dec 20, 2015 Allison Dunlap rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was high time to read A Christmas Carol rather than watch the movie versions. I must confess I couldn't make heads or tails of some of his other stories. What I gained from reading ACC that I never got from the movie is Scrooge's desire to change and repent even after the visits from the 1st 2 ghosts. It wasn't the fear of death that motivated him to change, in fact he truly saw the future not understanding it was his death that had impacted the people around him. When I meet sad, miserable p ...more
Mar 25, 2016 Jade rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
My very first encounter with Dickens and ooh are these good little Christmas writings!! Little in length, but oh so deep and touching. I love the elaborate, musical prose style, transformations of character, dark humor, and seasonal cheerfulness. The writings at the end should not be missed. From those, I especially loved A Christmas Tree with its toy meditations and the all encompassing spirit of What Christmas Is As We Grow Older. The poem at the end, A Christmas Carol is a lovely tribute to t ...more
Dec 01, 2011 Charles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading Dicken's novella "A Christmas Carol". The language is wonderful and begs to be read out loud. You probably know the story - Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean old man who despises Christmas and the idea of helping others and being pleasant. He is visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Marley, who was as stingy as Scrooge. Marley warns Scrooge about his fate in the afterlife if he doesn't mend his ways, and warns of 3 visitors - the spirit of Christmas past, the spirit of ...more
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