This small post brings you a small reading suggestion. Every year, around Christmas time, I like to read this amazing book: Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. And because Christmas is almost here, I believe it’s a wonderful time to write about it and motivate people to read it too.
The story I believe is well known: Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge, a rich man, miserly, greedy, he always tries to save more and more money, just because he likes to feel he has a lot. But who can judge him? We all love to possess money, and if we think deeply, isn’t it the new meaning of Christmas? To possess and to have new things, to buy more and more? But first, let’s talk about the story.
Mr. Scrooge is a very unpleasant man, he does not care about other people, everyone around him tries to escape from him, so we can say he is always alone by choice. But one Christmas Eve, he is visited by 3 ghosts: the ghost of the Christmas Past, Present and Future. All these 3 will teach him how wrong he was, and they will make him think about his actions. I believe that’s something we all should stop and do. What’s the meaning of Christmas? Why do we celebrate it? For whom do we do it? And above all how can we do it better?
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We were born at this consumerist society, where people care more about the things they have than other human beings. Unfortunately, I believe this is the current Christmas spirit. We just think about buying gifts, but is it that necessary? What if we change? Why not transform Christmas and make it more social, more meaningful? Like in the book, we should try and do Christmas for others and not just for ourselves. We should do it from actions and not from objects. By reading this book, it’s easy to understand how someone can change by helping others and start to live, truly, with no regrets in life.
We can make a difference, share something and make someone else happier.
This small book was probably the founder of the so-called Christmas spirit, the real one. The spirit without color, without religion, without social status. What if we start now thinking about others wellbeing and help our society? We can make a difference, share something and make someone else happier. Happiness comes from what we are and do, not from what we have.
And the last challenge, what if we embrace this Christmas spirit the whole year? People need help all year, not just Christmas. But we should start simple and read this wonderful carol by Charles Dickens is definitely a good start.
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