The 11th day of the 12 Books of the Holiday Season, with guest blog post by author Leslie C. Halpern
My Favorite Holiday Story: A Christmas Carol
I’m especially fond of the Charles Dickens’s novella, A Christmas Carol, first published in 1843, because of its humanitarian theme. Dickens, an enthusiastic proponent of educating and subsidizing the poor, created the character of Ebenezer Scrooge as a lonely miser without compassion until he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, and undergoes a personal transformation. The story revolves around far more than merely a season of giving, and includes a life-altering change in one fictional man’s perception that in reality inspired countless readers to change their thinking about the way to celebrate the holiday.
Leslie C. Halpern is the author of Poodles & Doodles: Poems about Dogs. This pack of wild dog poems skewers oodles of adorably outrageous dog behaviors. Using various poetic forms, including haiku, limerick, acrostic, diamante, free verse, and rhyming couplets, the author shares humorous universal truths about man’s best friend for readers of all ages. Halpern is an award-winning author of several books of poetry and nonfiction books about entertainment.
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