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Christmas classic by Charles Dickens still inspires today

Hard times have you down this holiday season? Take a trip to the library for some inspiration from this treasured story of Christmas past.

“A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens, 1843.

The Tale: Ebenezer Scrooge is so consumed by greed and downright meanness that he’s visited by three spirits looking to rehabilitate him at Christmas in Victorian London. They lead him on a back-and-forth journey through his past, present and future. He gets a fly-onthe wall look at how the Cratchit family really feels about him before he emerges kinder, gentler and joyfully tossing money around.

Lesson: It’s never too late to make amends and let charity into your heart.

Notes: The story was hugely popular when released for Christmas, with an unblinking look at social injustice and gaping class disparity. By some accounts, young Dickens wrote it to pay off a debt, but high production costs cut into his profit.

— By LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press writer.

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