"Tis the season of many holidays and celebrations: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's and probably more. My own tradition includes an annual reading of A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.
Originally published in 1843, the well known tale is of a miserly bachelor, Ebenezer Scrooge, who is transformed when he encounters the ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marley, and spends a night meeting the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. In the process he relives his past, sees into his future, and is given a change to re-write his own ending.
The book is wonderfully illustrated by an unidentified artist. My favorite being Scrooge & Marley's (note the little dog on the right. Dogs know!). It's part of The Vest-Pocket Series put out by the publisher, James R. Osgood & Co., Boston. The intent being to make it easy to carry about, notes the publisher: "A book is companionable in exact ratio with its unobstructiveness, and the faculty it has for being always with us."
A quick read, but you can add to your enjoyment by following it up with one of the many adaptations, my favorite being, A Muppet's Christmas Carol (1992), starring all our favorite Muppet characters, and Michael Caine too!