ChristmascarolThe kids and I started this tradition about five years ago.  Once the tree is up, we turn off all the lights in the living room and turn on the lights to the Christmas tree.  In the glow of the twinkle lights, we curl up on the sofa and read Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  Admittedly, it’s a bit rough on the eyes, but completely worth it. Atmosphere is everything, and when my children are grown, they will remember how they felt as we read this much loved story.

Though Dickens’ language is a bit complex for my little guys, I believe the more exposure they have to such language, the more naturally they will grow accustomed to it over time. In this edition, the illustrations by P. J. Lynch are lush and expressive, and very helpful when the kids are struggling to understand the words.