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Scrooge's Transformation in Dickens' A Christmas Carol - In this essay I am going to distinguish the personality of Scrooge also show you how he was at the beginning of the novella in the 1st Stave to how he changes at the end in the 5th Stave. The title to the novella 'A Christmas Carol' this suggests that the story will be a joyful Christian message. 'Christmas' is a time for celebration and togetherness. It is the time for forgiveness, kindness and charity. 'Carol' is a chant which a group of people sing Christmas and Christian songs, so this is meant to be a time where people have fun and are united with family and friends....   [tags: a christmas carol] 2180 words
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Scrooge's Transformation in Dickens' A Christmas Carol - Ebenezer Scrooge is the major character in the story, A Christmas Carol written by Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol is about how a “cold-hearted, tight fisted, selfish” money grabbing man is offered an opportunity of a life time, to change his behaviour, attitude... to have a second chance in life. The theme of this novel is to look at the good you do in life and how it carries over after your death. The moral of the book is; "People can make changes in their lives whenever they really want to, even right up to the end." In this essay I am going to distinguish the personality of Scrooge also show you how he was at the beginning of the novella in the 1st Stave to how he changes at the end...   [tags: A Christmas Carol] 1323 words
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Keeping Christ in Christmas - ... One cannot read their Bible or promote the Bible over another faith or belief in a public way. The too often battle cry of the Atheists and secularist is the “separation of church and state” and “let’s be fair.” Then about this time of year a school, business, City Park, or government building wants to put a “Nativity Scene” on display and the battle drums begin to beat. There are petitions, media coverage, and in some cases judges and a court is involved. Who do we side with. Those who cry to “Keep Christ in Christmas” or those who cry for “separation of church and state”....   [tags: religion, christmas, jesus christ]
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The Amazing Transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol - Imagine if the cruelest person in the world became the kindest. This happens in A Christmas Carol after Ebenezer Scrooge is taken on a remarkable journey through time. Although A Christmas Carol was written in the 17th century, its messages and themes stay alive today. Scrooge started changing his personality and life-style throughout the novella. In A Christmas Carol Scrooge changed from being a money-pinching grouch to a kind-hearted man, he redeemed himself through freewill and life changing memories....   [tags: a christmas carol] 659 words
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The Metamorphosis of Ebenezer Scrooge in Dickens' A Christmas Carol - The Metamorphosis of Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol Ebenezer Scrooge learned a great deal about himself during the visitations of the three ghosts in A Christmas Carol. He learned things that not only changed his life, but also the lives of others such as Tiny Tim and his family. At first these changes came gradually, probably because they where not really "fuelled" by fear of what might be, but instead by remorse for things he had already done. Not until the second and third spirits visit Scrooge can a true change due to fear, not only in fear for what might be during his life but also in the end....   [tags: A Christmas Carol] 1461 words
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Theatre Response: A Christmas Play - Prior to the Thanksgiving break, I believe that there should be very little celebration of Christmas. The things that happen during the Thanksgiving season are separate in my mind from the celebration of Christmas, but the entire marketing campaign would like to disagree; Christmas commercials and music are played on television channels during Thanksgiving time. In the case of the Christmas play here at Monmouth, there is an exception. There is very little time between the return from Thanksgiving break and the departure for Christmas break; this time is usually occupied with final exams and preparation for them....   [tags: Thanksgiving celebrations separate from Christmas] 537 words
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Compare and Contrast Spanish Culture on Christmas - ... Christmas is then continued throughout February 2nd. They have Christmas for this long because they go to church masses, much like Puerto Rico, except that they have masses before Christmas. The Puerto Ricans celebrate for many of the same reasons, but have some traditions of their own. Like I said before, they start off by going to church masses known as Misa de Aguinaldo. This is done until Christmas day, and then after Christmas day on the 28th, the Feast of Holy Innocents takes place. Just like Mexico, Puerto Rico celebrates the Dia de Los Reyes....   [tags: christmas, spirit, caroling, kings] 620 words
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The Structure of Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol" - Charles Dickens’s, a British social reformer which has presented to an audience a brilliant novel: A Christmas Carol. The play is set in the mid 1900’s where the industrial revolution was introduced which resulted in inventions such as machines; people consequently were fleeing the countryside for work in city for good paying jobs, for good achieving business people this gave their business a massive amount of money but a small minority of people were underprivileged because money was distributed unfairly....   [tags: Charles Dickens, Christmas Carol, ] 2225 words
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Christmas Song - To many people a warm crackling fire brings about memories of the Christmas season. By listening to some of the Christmas carols played throughout the festive holiday season, it is easy to pick up on this. In one such Christmas carol, they mention “chestnuts roasting on an open fire” in this line fire is the provider of warmth light, and good spirits. By roasting the chestnuts the fire gives food and allows people to share with one another in a warm comfortable atmosphere. A second popular Christmas carol that mentions fire it “Let it Snow”....   [tags: Analysis, Christmas Carol] 1489 words
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Ebenezer Scrooge's Visit by the Three Spirits in Dickens' Novel A Christmas Carol - Novels that are phenomenal makes the reader travel into a world where anything can happen. However, many authors made the readers travel into the main characters mind or point of view. In Charles Dickens novel, A Christmas Carol, a grumpy and selfish old man, Ebenezer Scrooge, was visited in his dream by three spirits. It all started in the morning of Christmas Eve when Scrooge came across into some events which made him started thinking and dreaming about his past, present and future with 3 different sprits....   [tags: A Christmas Carol, analysis] 652 words
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Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol - Born in 1812 Charles Dickens grew up in a small town in London. Dickens grew up in a poor family. His family, sent to debtors∙ jail before he became old enough to fend for himself, convinced him to find work and stay out of the jail. Dickens worked anywhere, from law offices to newspapers as a young child. (∜New Standard Encyclopedia∝ D-155) A Christmas Carol, written by Dickens, has changed many things in the world today, especially Christmas traditions and religion....   [tags: A Christmas Carol Essays] 771 words
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Critique of Christmas Time in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol - Critique of Christmas Time in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol An audience member's gleeful first-hand account of Charles Dickens's public reading of "A Christmas Carol" unwittingly exposes an often overlooked contradiction in the story's climax: "Finally, there is Scrooge, no longer a miser, but a human being, screaming at the 'conversational' boy in Sunday clothes, to buy him the prize turkey 'that never could have stood upon his legs, that bird'" (96). Perhaps he is no longer a miser but, by this description, Scrooge still plays the role of a capitalist oppressor, commanding underlings to fetch him luxuries....   [tags: Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Essays]
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Joe Christmas by William Faulkner - Studies have shown that people who have been physically or mentally abused as a child are more likely to have an abusive personality as an adult. The cognitive mind is influenced the most as a child for a mind that has not matured yet is susceptible to take in anything that is thrown at it. William Faulkner shows that the events of one’s youth have many effects on behavior as an adult, through the protagonist, Joe Christmas, in his novel Light in August. Joe Christmas did not have the perfect childhood....   [tags: Faulkner Joe Christmas] 1040 words
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Christmas in Trinidad and Tobago - Christmas in Trinidad and Tobago “When Santa Clause arrives in Trinidad and Tobago, it is to the rhythm of Parang. The climate is warm and the flowers are in bloom, which makes for a colorful season.” This quote from writer Bill Egan wonderfully describes Christmas on my twin island home of Trinidad and Tobago where the holiday is celebrated in a most unique way with many ingrained traditions. By mid-November, the stores of the capital city, Port-of-Spain, are flooded with early Christmas shoppers....   [tags: Personal Narrative Christmas Essays] 801 words
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Christmas with Nutmeg - Christmas with Nutmeg Our memories of Christmas time at 17142 Eastview Dr. were perfect. The Christmas tree was covered with hundreds of twinkle lights and unique ornaments. The tree was flanked by a gorgeous brick fireplace that seemed to always have a fire burning inside of it, and whose mantle was decorated with my family's collection of miniature nutcrackers. The final touch to this setting was our dog, sitting in her favorite spot, that was directly to the right of the fireplace, beneath the chair that you would always find my father in while reading my sister and me Christmas stories....   [tags: Descriptive Essay, Descriptive Writing, Christmas,] 425 words
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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Charles Dickens wrote his novels during the Victorian times. Britain was a harsh place at this time with the upper and lower classes being clearly separated. Dickens himself grew up as part of the lower classes, and so he knew what it was like. It was very hard for the poor to survive, many of them having no alternative but to go into the workhouses. This seemed to be the worst place to end up, as many people would rather have died than gone into the workhouses....   [tags: Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Essays] 1568 words
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A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens In this essay I intend to write about Ebenezer Scrooge who is the key character of the astonishing novel written by Charles Dickens one of greatest English novelist of he Victorian period. He wrote and published ‘a Christmas carol’ in 1843. Charles Dickens’s also well know stories such as ‘Oliver twist’. Dickens was born on the 2nd February 1812 in London port Hampshire. He moved from his birth place to Chatham where he received little education, he was however withdrawn from school at the age of 15 and work manually in a factory, then worked as a clerk in a solicitors office....   [tags: Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Essays] 1883 words
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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Introduction Charles Dickens was born in Landport, Hampshire, in 1812 and died in 1870. His father was a clerk in the navy pay office and family life was occasionally hard, especially when his father had to go to the debtor's prison. The young twelve year old Charles became the main money-maker in the family at this time and worked in a blocking factory. Charles' father was released a year later and Charles was able to go to school. After school he became a clerk for solicitors, later becoming a journalist, a reporter at Doctors' Commons and at 22 joined a London newspaper....   [tags: Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Essays] 3546 words
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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens In the book ‘ A Christmas Carol’, Dickens describes the poor, how they were treated unfairly and how they were thought as animals rather than human beings. Dickens portrays the rich as ignorant and selfish people that think they are bigger than the world itself. Charles Dickens new a lot about poverty, as his parents were not earning enough money to pay of debts, which meant that Dickens himself had to leave school at the age of 12 to work in a factory. He had a terrible experience; he had felt what it was like to be poor, to have no hope for the future and worked long hours in a dirty factory....   [tags: Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Essays] 2157 words
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Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol The editor of one edition of ‘A Christmas Carol’ wrote “A story so admirably told, the details of place, of time, of person so dexterously made real for us” How does Dickens achieve this. How does he ‘A Christmas Carol’ a story which “No one could help but enjoy” In this essay I am going to be writing about the different techniques in which Dickens uses, and by using these bring people, place and time to life. Dickens cleaver use of techniques throughout this book really makes us feel as if we are actually there are selves....   [tags: Charles Dickens Christmas Carol Essays] 1421 words
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A Christmas Story - A Christmas Story “You’ll shoot your eye out kid, merry Christmas. Ho Ho Ho.” is probably one of the most popular lines of the 1983 Christmas classic, A Christmas Story, written by Jean Shepherd. According to The State Newspaper web site, “A Christmas Story is a low budget movie about a sort of dysfunctional family.” (Bryant) It is a dysfunctional tale about a nine year old boy named Ralphie growing up in 1940’s Indiana dreaming of the perfect Christmas gift, a Red Rider 200-shot Carbine Action Air Rifle....   [tags: Movie Film Movies Christmas Story Essays] 720 words
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Analysis of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol - Analysis of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol It is hard to believe that there is anyone on the planet that hasn't heard of the story "A Christmas Carol". Although it isn't hard to believe that people do not realize that there are differences between movies and novels. In this case, that fits right into that subject. Here are some of the differences between the movie and the novel. One minor difference in the movie was that the Ghost of Christmas yet to come has a hand of skin. Not a hand without skin that was wrote in the book....   [tags: Dickens Christmas Carol Analysis] 1041 words
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Dickens' A Christmas Carol and the Industrial Revolution - Dickens' A Christmas Carol and the Industrial Revolution Besides being the secular story of Christmas time in an urban setting, A Christmas Carol, tells the sacred story of Christmas as well. With A Christmas Carol, Dickens initiated an ongoing creative process in the Anglo-American imagination. As a result of the Industrial Revolution and the growth and development of cities people's lives changed drastically as they moved from the life and traditions of the country into those of the city....   [tags: Dickens A Christmas Carol Essays] 897 words
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Fred as a Foil to Scrooge in A Christmas Carol - Fred as a Foil to Scrooge in A Christmas Carol In Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Scrooge's selfish, cold, melancholy nature is contrasted with Fred, Scrooge's light-hearted nephew. At the beginning of the novel, Fred and Scrooge are complete opposites, but, as the novel progresses, they become more and more alike. Throughout the novel, Dickens uses Fred to show Scrooge's transformation from a cold, unfeeling man to a man of warmth and compassion. The first time Fred is seen is on page 5 when he greets Scrooge with, "A merry Christmas, Uncle....   [tags: Christmas Carol Essays] 843 words
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Analysis of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - Analysis of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol is a novel written by Charles Dickens (1812-1870) during the Victorian age, an era that took its name from Queen Victoria, England titular ruler from 1819-1901. Under Queen Victoria’s rule, London reigned the worlds dominate city country and the country’s incomparable center of commerce, culture and government. At this time London’s industrial age contributed to a large share of the manpower and capital that brought the country to a position of world economic dominance....   [tags: A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Essays] 3675 words
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Redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - Redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Introduction Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas carol reflecting on the society that he live in the Victoria Era. During the reign of Queen Victoria Britain became one of the most Industrialised countries in European. From Britain Factories, mills, shipyards came products ranging from steam locomotives, to textiles and ship, while coal miners toiled deep below the ground to produce the coal needed to power Britain expanding Industries. During Victorian times there was a serious gap between the rich and poor....   [tags: Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Essays] 2103 words
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The Metamorphosis of Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol - A Christmas Carol, a tale that revolves around a man’s fate in the past, the present, and the future. Its story speaks of a man, a man called Ebenezer Scrooge, and the changes in which he goes through. ‘’Oh. But he was tight-fisted man at the grindstone, Scrooge. a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, covetous old sinner. Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice....   [tags: Christmas Carol Ebenezer Scrooge Essays]
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Analysis of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol - Analysis of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens, one of the greatest novelists in the English language, was born in 1812 into a middle-class family of precarious economic status. His father was a clerk in the Navy Pay Office at the time of Dickens's birth; by the time Charles was ten, however, his father was in debtor's prison, a victim of bad luck, mismanagement, and irresponsibility. In order to help support the family during this time of crisis, young Dickens went to work in the packing department of a factory that manufactured blacking--a compound of charcoal, soot, sugar, oil, and fat used to polish boots....   [tags: Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol Essays] 3865 words
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Scrooge in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - Scrooge in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens The novel, ‘A Christmas Carol’, is more than just a mere story instead it tries to expose the negative side of Victorian society and the reason behind this horror, the greed of the wealthy, through the development of the character Scrooge. All this while attempting to prompt readers with Scrooge’s similar wealth to make a change. As mentioned earlier, the development of Scrooge’s character is vital to this and I will explain how his character develops as the story proceeds and how it is used to accomplish the aim as mentioned above....   [tags: Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Essays] 3109 words
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The Popularity of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - The Popularity of 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens I Think that 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens is still popular today because it has a good moral story and people still enjoy a good old fashioned ghost story. This is because a lot of us are still interested in the afterlife and if such things as ghosts even exist we are fascinated by them and a novel with ghosts in, we cannot put it down. The moral story which seems even in modern day society to stick with us and we are still very much obsessed with Christmas and the joy that goes with it....   [tags: Charles Dickens Christmas Carol Ghost Essays] 1298 words
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The Three Spirits in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol - The Three Spirits in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol In Dickens’ Ghost story ‘ A Christmas Carol’ we are shown a story of redemption. Dickens uses description, sarcasm and many other effects to create the sudden changes of atmosphere in the novel. I will look at how Dickens creates such a structured book and what causes it to be so effective. However before I begin to examine Dickens’ methods I will see how each of the mysterious spirits affect Scrooge and how he responds to them. Ebenezer Scrooge is a miser if ever there was one - grasping and covetous, rich and penny-pinching....   [tags: English Literature Dickens A Christmas Carol Essa] 2090 words
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19th Century London in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - 19th Century London in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 'A time for finding yourself a year older, and not an hour richer' this is a good example that represents Scrooges overall attitude to Christmas and those who celebrate it. The central character of a Christmas Carol is Ebenezer Scrooge a man portrayed by Dickens as a miser who cares little for others around him, a man whose only interest in life is money that can be made from exploiting other people. The novel is set in Victorian London in the 19th century, a London that is very different to the London we know today; there was no welfare state, National Health Service or environmental laws....   [tags: Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Essays] 2453 words
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Christmas with the Corporal - ... Random thoughts race in your mind. *** The corporal doesn’t really hate Christmas right. Nobody hates Christmas…right. You shook your head, trying to get those thoughts out of your brain. In the end, you came to a conclusion and you decided to make this the best Christmas for Levi. You slam open the door to the girls’ dorm and the sight makes your jaw dropped. Mikasa is in the state of being half-naked and is currently surrounded by Christa, Ymir and Sasha; cosmetics and gown in hand. Annie on the other hand was watching the whole scene in amusement....   [tags: personal narrative] 1015 words
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The Joy of Christmas - ... To my surprise, mistletoe hung on a thin line dangling in the air. I blushed as the man spotted what I was looking at. “I’m Thomas,” he stuck out his hand to shake, “I feel we must have a proper introduction before we, you know, go about the tradition.” I shook his hand and introduced myself, “I’m Victoria.” We stared at each other awkwardly for a few moments, waiting for the other person to make the first move. Finally, I turned, “Farewell, Thomas. I’ll see you around,” I called over my shoulder as I walked away....   [tags: personal narrative] 533 words
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No Christmas - When Christmas Couldn’t Come We lived in the farmhouse until my dad lost his job in 1994. No longer able to afford a mortgage, let alone utilities in the old, drafty house we moved into a smaller house two doors down. My mom called the new house “cozy” – making the best of a situation I couldn’t begin to understand; words like “WIC”, “welfare” and “debt” meant nothing to me at the time. I missed the barn that longed to be explored, the hill where at eight, I saw my first snowfall and of course, my room....   [tags: essays research papers] 415 words
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Christmas in Ukraine - ... Fasting, according to the teachings of the Savior, helps cleanse the soul from sin and frees her from the power of the devil and returns to fellowship with God (Syshko). Nadia said: ‘ I knew that some people do lent before Christmas, but it is not common in our family. We do go to Church to pray for our “happy tomorrow’, but we have never fasted, as I remember”. Ukrainian Christmas festivities begin on Christmas Eve, sixth of January. The Christmas Eve Supper or “Svyata Vecheria” (Holy Supper) brings the family together to partake in special foods and begin the holiday with many customs and traditions, which reach back to antiquity....   [tags: Orthodox Christians, culture, traditions] 889 words
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A Commercialized Christmas - One can almost cut through the irony of hearing Bing Crosby sing “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” on the radio when the temperature is sixty and the first frost of winter is still weeks away. As citizens of the United States in this day and age, people are most likely all too accustomed with this typical rush promoted between important festivities. It’s exclusively about generating maximum revenue for the large corporations as frantic shoppers attempt to assuage their stress through hour upon hour of incessant shopping; arising in our society today, an important question of whether or not this avaricious behavior communicates total loss of understanding as to what the true meani...   [tags: Traditional Values]
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A Christmas Carol - Ebenezer Scrooge is the major character in the story, A Christmas Carol written by Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol is about how a “cold-hearted, tight fisted, selfish” money grabbing man is offered an opportunity of a life time, to change his behaviour, attitude... to have a second chance in life. The theme of this novel is to look at the good you do in life and how it carries over after your death. The moral of the book is; "People can make changes in their lives whenever they really want to, even right up to the end." In this essay I am going to distinguish the personality of Scrooge also show you how he was at the beginning of the novella in the 1st Stave to how he changes at the end...   [tags: Literary Review] 1323 words
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A Christmas Carol - A Christmas Carol was written by Charles Dickens in 1843. Life for the lower class during this time was extremely hard because of enormous amounts of illnesses, young children worked and no education. A Christmas Carol was set in mid 19th century, during this time people had a really bad time; most of the people was unemployed and the people who were employed were paid deficiently, others were seasonal or casual, which meant they were when work was available so most of the families lived in poverty which means that they didn’t have access to nice food and clothes and children were also used for the family income so the children had to work in work houses....   [tags: Charles Dickens] 1024 words
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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and the Movie Christmas Cupid - ... The Ghost of Christmas Present represents celebration and charity. He takes Scrooge on a journey to Bob Cratchit’s (Scrooge’s employee) house and shows him that even though he has overworked Bob, he still shows Christmas joy. The Ghost tells him to stay away from Ignorance and Want within himself, just before disappearing. Sloane is shown her secretary, Ella (our “Bob Cratchit” of Christmas Cupid), telling her son that she won’t be home on Christmas Day. Also she sees how she takes her best friend for granted and that her mother is going to be alone for Christmas....   [tags: theme analysis]
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Christmas: A Time for Family and Togetherness - Christmas: A Time for Family and Togetherness During the course of the year, there is that one time where Christians from across the universe are united together like never before. As conflicts emerge about Christmas becoming a commercialized celebration in the Western World, the sincere significance of Christmas remains as the season for family gatherings- through grand feasts and mainly the exchange of gifts. In the 300s, Christmas the tribute of incarnation was born (William par. 1). “Christmas” refers to the yearly remembrance of Jesus Christ’s birthday as referenced in the Gospels of Luke and Mathew (McCord 83)....   [tags: commercialized celebration, traditions, customs]
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Christmas and Love in the Air - Who can argue about Christmas not being the best time of the year. Yes, Christmas triggers strong emotions which many cannot ignore. From emotion of love to the emotion of pity; Christmas never fails to bring it out. Christmas is the magic that everyone believes in. From little children who stay up in the wee night of Christmas Eve to hear Santa’s sleigh to adults whose hopes and dreams were once shattered are restored. Even though it is rather difficult to argue about Christmas, there are actually some people out there who dare to bacon the call....   [tags: Personal Narrative, Descriptive Essay] 868 words
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A Comparison of Christmas in America and Spain - ... While Christmas season in America has no real set beginning, the celebrations end on December 30th. The Spanish Christmas season officially starts on December 8th, with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception; and ends on January 6th, or El Dia de los Reyes Magos (3 Kings Day). In between this time period there are four other celebrations, including the Day of the Innocent Saints occurring on December 28th, “Nochebuena” (The Good Night) being celebrated on Christmas Eve, Navidad (Christmas) being celebrated on Christmas Day, and Nochevieja (The Old Night) being celebrated on New Years Eve....   [tags: gifts, traditions, culture] 782 words
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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - ... The Grinch uses carolers or his word “foo flounders” during a huge rant about him hating Christmas and the people of the town. Even though the sweet and joyous definition of the word he uses it as an insult because of his hate towards the holiday. If you’ve ever seen the movies The Santa Claus One, Two, and Three then you’ve heard the word carol more than enough. The star of all 3 movies the well-known big time actor, Tim Allen. He gets transformed into being Santa clause after the original Santa dies of a tragic accident....   [tags: classic books, story analysis] 790 words
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The True Reason to Celebrate Christmas - ... The word "holiday" actually came from "holy day," which declared certain days like saints' feasts and Christmas to be dedicated to God. Now, Christmas decorations are brought out in stores immediately after Halloween; ads promoting holiday and blow-out sales are found in newspapers and on TV, and shopping for presents begins at least one month before Christmas does. Internet sources such as Wikipedia say that giving and receiving gifts is the core of Christmas. Adrian Rogers, a Christian broadcaster, said that Americans are "...too involved with other things," and we have "...no room for Jesus."(Rogers, Adrian) Not only has the meaning of Christmas been lost due to all the focus on want...   [tags: purpose, holiday, secular, money, gifts, christ] 550 words
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Christmas: Also a Catholic Holiday - What do you think of when someone says Christmas. Does your imagination run wild with the thoughts of twinkling lights, delicious cookies, and presents under the tree. Or does your mind wander to another side of the joyous season. When many kids are growing up, they perceive that Christmas is all about receiving gifts, eating sugary food, and having no school; however, as they mature, they soon realize that there is another viewpoint on the season; a whole other meaning to Christmas. The season of Christmas is an important and favored holiday in America as a time of giving and a time of gathering; however, Christmas is a traditional and historical celebration in the Catholic Church as well....   [tags: religious traditions gone secular]
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The Meaning of Christmas: Personal Essay - Everybody knows that Christmas is about giving presents to the loved ones but who is really considering the real meaning of Christmas. We spend several days to make our houses clean, to look for presents for our family and friends, to find a proper outfit for the modern Christmas party. The most important thing about this holiday is totally forgotten. This is the day when our Savior Jesus Christ was born. I may not be the most religious person, but Christmas represents a special moment of the year for me....   [tags: Spirit, Children] 527 words
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A Brief History of Christmas - History of Christmas Christmas is Christian festival celebrated on December 25 by most Western Christians that celebrates the birth of Jesus Chris. (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/christmas) Even though Christmas is mostly considered a sacred religious holiday and celebrated predominantly in the West, it is also celebrated and recognized by many cultures, organizations and even governments throughout the world. In the United States, most businesses close for at least one day during year to celebrate Christmas....   [tags: Christinan, Saint Nicholas, profit] 898 words
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A Christmas Story: A Tale of a Penguin - ... Vince is not the least bit jolly as he realizes he is in a place of Christmas spirit. Convinced by Mrs. Claus' tempting promises, he agrees to try to reveal Christmas to himself and try to enjoy this amazing time of year. Together, Vince and Mrs. Claus stroll through the streets watching families sing holiday tunes, enjoy extravagant feasts, and open gifts on Christmas morning. At the end of this tiring day, Vince goes back to the earliest of Christmases when Jesus was first born as he observes Mary and Joseph in a manger and their genuine happiness of the birth of the Lord....   [tags: holidays, penguins, exhibit] 754 words
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Scrooge in A Christmas Carol - Call for Change: Dickens’ Attempt to Improve Society, and Walt Disney’s Subversion Thereof In a time in which the significance of Christmas gradually started to change, Charles Dickens, in accordance with these changes, wrote a Christmas tale: A Christmas Carol. The novella was published six days in advance of the Christmas celebrations of 1843; it was sold out three days later. Although a socially engaged narrative, Dickens’ work is not occupied with trivialities such as the introduction of Christmas cards; instead A Christmas Carol focuses on the transforming beliefs and values within society and endeavours to contribute to these changes....   [tags: Disney, Charles Dickens]
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Christmas as a Federal Holiday - The most collectively celebrated holiday of the year is undeniably December 25th, Christmas. Most people acknowledge that the “Christ” in Christmas is representative of Jesus Christ, Son of God, and for Christians, the day is set aside as a celebration of his birth. Many people in the United States (and world) however, either do not believe in the Christian view of Christmas, have different non-Christian religious beliefs or celebrate for other reasons, if at all. Because of the multi-cultural differences that incorporate our country, Christmas should be declared by Congress as simply a Federal Holiday....   [tags: Religion Holidays]
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The Perfect Christmas Gift: A Watch - Beyond the joy that causes cold and the snow coming season, there are other reasons to expect more interesting winter. Christmas is one of the exciting holidays of the year and if you look in terms of gifts, is the most beautiful and awaited celebration. Most times, however, this event involves some headaches because choosing gifts for your loved ones, often proves to be an impossible task. Therefore, one of the most efficient codes that you can enjoy presenting your loved one is watches. Do not be impressed by a watch that uses a large number of gemstones....   [tags: gear, design, features, gift] 531 words
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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - An inhuman sound disrupted my peaceful slumber. My eyes shifted slowly toward my clock. The red numbers confirmed my suspicion. "Ugh," I thought to myself. "3:30 in the morning. This is going to be a bad day of work." I pushed my blankets off of me and sat up in bed. To my left, the sheets were already pushed back and Marissa was nowhere to be seen. At first, I didn't make the connection; I was too tired from working 12-hour shifts at the hospital and thinking was not my number one priority right now....   [tags: story and character analysis] 1447 words
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Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol - It’s December of 1801 and the whole town is decorating, dancing, singing, and laughing as they get ready for a near holiday: Christmas. All but one pessimistic, obdurate cripple of a man. His name is Ebenezer Scrooge, an undermined old male swathed in dark clothing. He is typically found strolling the streets on Victorian London with poor posture, eyes locked on the cracked sidewalk beneath the soles of his shoes. Slumping along, carolers cease to sing near him and nobody speaks when in his presence....   [tags: spirits, joy, fulfillment]
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A Christmas Carol by Chales Dickens - ... During the story, Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts from Christmas past, present, and future, who shows the ill-tempered Scrooge how to be feel compassion towards others human beings. A large quantity of the story revolves around money, and it plays a large role, to contrast how generosity is viewed in society. Scrooge is incredibly wealthy, as he lives a life surrounded by no one, a life as “solitary as an oyster” and “warning all human sympathy to keep its distance.” He initially supports the mechanical, cold-hearted decisions made by industry and governments with his retort to the donation collectors being, “Are there no prisons?, And the Union Workhouses....   [tags: generosity, compassion, kindness] 723 words
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The Dualism of Joe Christmas - William Faulkner’s protagonist, Joe Christmas’ trajectory and immoral decisions become the Siren’s song that tip him over the stern of the boat that is his life. Christmas’ path takes turns and twists that create a taciturn man who has been brought into the world unwanted; then, he ruthlessly moves forward looking back at his past in order to make decisions for his future. Light In August parallels Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”, when Joe finds that he has reached a fork in the road and has to plan for kind of life he wants to lead, contradicting factors jumble his persona....   [tags: William Faulkner]
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Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol: Famed British author, Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Portsmouth, England. He was the second of eight children, living in a poor neighborhood in London. His parents were John Dickens, a naval clerk, who always lived beyond his means. Married to his mother Elizabeth Dickens, who aspired to be a teacher and a school director. Dickens went to William Giles’ school in Chatham, Kent, for approximately one year before his father’s money habits caught up with him....   [tags: Biography, Literary Analysis]
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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - A pill bug is an insect that forms a hard shell around its soft flesh whenever startled or scared. Just like this pill bug, humans guard themselves from anything that hurts them without realizing that they are shutting out the most precious moments of their lives. Ebenezer Scrooge, the main character of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, is a cold man. He finds what he defines as true happiness in the form of money and wealth. At first he only seems to be a machine living in a human form, but as Scrooge's true journey and hardships are revealed, it becomes difficult to blame only Scrooge for his independence....   [tags: Ebenezer Scrooge]
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The Inexistence of Father Christmas in Araby - “Araby” tells a story about a little boy’s romance and his disillusionment in the end. While people tend to focus on the ending of the story trying to find some clue from Araby the market alone, I believe there is another site that we should not forget—the room where the priest died. It seems Araby symbolizes the numb, dark adult world while the room is holy, romantic; but as I read more, I find they are quite the same. Comparing the two buildings, one of the hidden reasons for the boy’s anger dawned on me: he is deceived by both sites....   [tags: Araby Essays] 568 words
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Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol - ... His heart and soul were in the scene and with his former self. He corroborated everything, remembered everything, enjoyed everything,” (33). As described in this quotation, Scrooge became overjoyed by observing events in his past and he began enthralled in the amusing times of his past. After his character changes greatly, Scrooge experiences thorough joy at the end of the novel from aspects of his life which he had formally hid from. This is seen through Scrooge’s pure happiness when helping people such as paying a homeless man or giving Bob Cratchit a raise....   [tags: novels, Scrooge, literary analysis]
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A Short Story: Christmas Eve - ... Our basement was an extremely large and wide square shaped room, coloured and painted in a bright blue and yellow which created a soothing atmosphere as you walked in. The furnishings are soft yet strong guaranteeing comfort in a spacious matter. There were a series of different animal sculptures hanging helplessly on the wall. Most importantly, the basement held in the second hand sound from the living room above. Besides deep sea divers we felt like agents from the CIA; we could hear every word that was uttered in the unit above us....   [tags: fear, armageddon, presents, family] 776 words
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The NY Passenger at Christmas - ... Looking so young, he could be no older than 20. He had dark brown, clean cut hair. His eyes were a hazel shade. The most distinct thing about Rob was the camouflage green suit he had on. Tan laced combat boots reached to his mid shin. Rob had been returning from war. I opened the cab door for Rob reaching for his luggage, but he insisted that he would put it away. He sat in the back, while I took my place in the driver’s seat. “Gold Towers, huh. That’s quite a place to live,” I said. “Yeah, I guess so,” replied rob....   [tags: personal narrative] 810 words
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A Shop Window At Christmas - Winter was coming in London and the shop window looked dull and drab in it’s out of season clothes. The shop window had an out of character sense about it, as Christmas was coming and the shop still had the dusty decorations of all hallows eve in it for sale. The windows looked like they hadn’t been cleaned for months. The door hadn’t swung open for weeks and so the interior had gradually faded into a state of disrepair and had lost even the pretence of a greatly visited and popular shop. In short, it was as dirty as a pigsty if not dirtier....   [tags: Descriptive Writing, Descriptive Essay] 534 words
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Christmas Celebrations in Russia - ... In Russia, many people observe fasts during Christmas season. Number of days of fasting varies from person to person. Generally people fast for 30 days. Some people fasts for 40 days also. With the appearance of the first evening star, the fasting ends. In Russia, 6th of January is celebrated as the feast day. So many long prayer sessions, church services take place in many churches during this time. People decorate their houses and backyards with lights, flowers and Christmas ornaments. In Russia, Christmas trees are called "Yelka"....   [tags: cultural traditions] 523 words
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Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" - HEADING “ A Christmas Carol” is a renowned novel written by prominent British writer, Charles Dickens which was published on 19th december,1843. He had written five books about Christmas, this being the most famous one which sold thousands of copies in the first week alone. The story has been interpreted in many languages and is popular all over the world. Filmmakers have also used this story many times in different versions. The book gained a high level of fame and appreciation due to its emphasis on Victorian era and culture, the significance of Christmas shown using Christmas ghosts, the interpretation of the writer’s own life in the story, creation of fictional characters like Ebenezer...   [tags: Classic English Literature] 1340 words
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A Christmas Carol Essay - In "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes a transformation as a result of his encounters with three ghosts and becomes a kind, happy, and generous man. His greedy, cruel, and grumpy demeanor is replaced seemingly overnight, but he doesn’t just wake up and decide to be nice. It takes three Spirits to change his outlook on life - The Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future. The Ghost of Christmas Past makes Scrooge begin to regret his selfishness, and the Ghost of Christmas Present begins to teach him about others....   [tags: literary analysis, charles dickens]
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Christmas Eve: Italian Food - It is Christmas Eve at my grandparent’s house. I am sitting around the table in the noisy dining room with my whole family. As the seven different fish dishes finish cooking, my grandfather begins to place each one on the table in front of us. My favorite Christmas Eve dish is the first to come out—linguine with clams. As my grandfather enters the room, my senses are suddenly overwhelmed with the smell of the homemade white sauce and the fresh shellfish. My grandfather slowly sets the bowl of linguine with clams in the center of the table and I can barely stop myself from diving right into it....   [tags: la vigilia, italians]
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Comparing Thanksgiving and Christmas - When I was younger, the two holidays I looked forward to were always Thanksgiving and Christmas. This time of the year always is the happiest because everything feels so refreshing because I am spending quality time with the people I love most. When it comes to Thanksgiving and Christmas, I always seem to have the most memorable good and bad moments. These holidays have very different meanings but have the same feeling because it symbolizes, good food, good times with family and a whole lot of drama....   [tags: Personal Narrative] 550 words
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Why I Love Christmas - I love Christmas. I think it is the most wonderful day of the year.When my calander mark December 26 butterflies flutter around my stomach and I feel like a kid in the candy store . I love this day so much because I eat delicious food, see my family, and receive presents. my morning starts with a long stretch and yawn followed by a witf of Christmas dinner aroma. I can smell the stuffed and seasoned turkey as well as the cheesy mac and cheese baking in the oven. I can also smell the sugar and cinnamon smothered yams along with the smoked ham hocks mixed together with the black eye peas....   [tags: family, food, presents] 579 words
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Keep Christ in Christmas - Few people can confidently say why the United States celebrates Christmas on December 25. And I imagine even fewer people know why we give gifts, or why we pucker up when we find ourselves under some mistletoe. The answers to these questions are under a thick layer of rich human and mythological history. For me, the majority of these discoveries were absolutely shocking—Christ was never in Christmas. Sol Invictus is the Roman sun god whose birthday celebration falls on December 25. Scholars agree that this date was most likely picked because the Roman calendar lists the 25th as the winter solstice....   [tags: religion, state, church]
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Creative Writing: Christmas Funfest - I woke up in a quiet house. No sound of Christmas music, no sound of bustle in the kitchen, no sound of anybody opening presents. The one thing I could hear was the hum of the heater downstairs. Nevertheless, I still felt cold. I glanced to my right, toward the empty bed. The blanket covered almost the entire thing, and its edges were tucked deep within the frame. I didn’t understand the point of keeping it made when Porky wasn’t around to screw it up anymore. It was like someone preparing a welcome-back party for a dead person, and Porky might as well be dead by now....   [tags: personal narrative] 1460 words
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A Cheerful Christmas Memory - ... I like to remind myself of my childhood experiences. My childhood felt like the safest place in my life span yet. There was hardly ever something to worry about. What we did in our learning time of this jovial moment was to socially connect, which was something not intended but is something that just happened. I never had to be insecure about the things I am now. I felt loved, because I was surrounded by all my school friends. We stood in front of an audience and no one minded what anyone thought of them....   [tags: music, moments, things, love, change] 639 words
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The Definition of Christmas - The sole definition of Christmas at one time was, an annual church festival in memory of the birth of Christ. Now when the word Christmas is mentioned people think about lights, trees, presents, food, friends and family, along with the birth of Christ. Some view these added meanings as a good change and some view them as a bad change. In today’s world Christmas is not defined only as celebrating the birth of Christ but also the celebration of giving, and the celebration of family and friends....   [tags: essays research papers] 535 words
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The Commercialization of Christmas - The Commercialization of Christmas In my opinion I think Christmas is fine the way it is, although Christmas is the festival in which Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus. The word `Christmas' means the `Mass of Christ' and refers to the Mass which is celebrated on Christmas Day which the majority of people forget. Many in today's society consider that Christmas has become too commercialised and that the real meaning of Christmas has been lost. In our nation, 1/3rd of all shopping and over 2/3rds of all electrical goods are bought in the period before Christmas....   [tags: Papers] 459 words
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The Commercialization of Christmas - The Commercialization of Christmas Over the years, one topic which has sparked an interesting debate among intellectuals, business men and Christians is whether or not Christmas has enrolled into an over commercialized holiday. The period at the climax of the year, December 25th, which we celebrate as Christmas is the time when consumers increase their spending to an outrageous level and business persons become elated as their shelves become depleted of the products that assist in our celebrations....   [tags: Papers] 492 words
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Christmas, 2009 - Since I was a child I have always been very excited and waiting patiently for Christmas to arrive because I always thought on Christmas as an occasion when the family gets together. And this past year (2009) was not different from the others; I was very excited waiting for Christmas. Especially, because I was going to spend this holiday in Mexico with my grandma, aunts, uncles and cousins, but all that emotion did not take me to a Christmas full of joy as the past years. Christmas was very important to me because it was Camila’s (my daughter) first time in Mexico, but after this holiday, the way I appreciated and treated my family changed....   [tags: Family Memories] 733 words
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Christmas, Then And Now - Christmas As I slowly awaken from a deep sleep, cool air hits my squinting eyes and I have the feeling that this is not a normal day. I close my eyes again and ponder for less than a spilt second then realize that SANTA CAME LAST NIGHT!!. I throw back the covers, ignoring the cold that would have kept me in bed for hours later on a normal day, and run to the Christmas tree. Without any lights on I quietly examine everything placed under the tree. I notice that Santa had eaten my cookies and drank all my milk....   [tags: essays research papers] 457 words
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Christmas Spirit - Looking through a frosted window at fog and chimney smoke is the best. The only thing that could make it better is when snow is falling gracefully from the sky, powdering the ground below. That very scene is one of the reasons why I have come to love winter so much. Winter means freezing temperatures that allow you to sit by the fire with a cup of cocoa. Winter means family coming together. Winter means Christmas. Winter means my favorite time of the year has arrived. I have always adored the season of winter....   [tags: personal narrative] 522 words
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The Gifts of Christmas - It's unfortunate for some anthologies that we rate a book as a whole because most anthologies have stories of varying quality so that the good stories suffer with the inclusion of less worthy companions. The Gifts of Christmas is no exception. I hope that readers won't be deterred from considering purchase of this anthology because of its three heart rating, but I couldn't in good conscience give it any additional stars. If I could rate each story individually, that would give readers a more accurate perspective on this book....   [tags: essays research papers] 827 words
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The Meaning of Christmas - On a cold day in December, Sara White went shopping for her Christmas presents to give her family. At seven-thirty in the morning, Sara’s alarm went off. She turned it off and began to wipe the sleep out of her eyes. She crawled out of the bed and got into the shower. She put on a grey sweater, with a pink scarf, and jeans. She sprayed some perfume and made her way out the door. She hopped into her white Mercedes, turned the ignition, and made her way to the market place. She walked onto the paved roads in the market place and noticed the Christmas lights turned on during the day....   [tags: essays research papers] 1087 words
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