Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Christmas Carol

It’s a tradition in our family that on the evening that D and K decorate our Christmas tree, I read aloud from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. We never get past the first chapter of the first stave, of course, but we like to do it anyway.

I continue with the book on my own, reading it gradually over Christmas week (along with the three or four other books I have going at any one time).

I never tire of A Christmas Carol; I always find some new insight, or clever turn of phrase, or subtle nuance that I had not noticed before.

That’s true for all good books; they bear reading many times over a lifetime.

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