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Lionel Barrymore, George C. Scott, Patrick Stewart — and you. On Christmas Eve, we're all reading Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol."

British actor Albert Finney in a scene of “Scrooge” on a Dickensian London set of a Christmas Time Market, at Shepperton Studios, near London, 1970. (AP)
British actor Albert Finney in a scene of “Scrooge” on a Dickensian London set of a Christmas Time Market, at Shepperton Studios, near London, 1970. (AP)

“Bah, humbug,” we say, and a whole world comes to mind. Scrooge and Marley, Bob Crachit, Tiny Tim, Christmas pudding, and the ghost of Christmas past.

Charles Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol” in six weeks, published it days before Christmas in 1843, and never stopped reaping its rewards. It was a giant hit, then and now.

Ebenezer Scrooge showed us how stingy and hard-hearted we could be - and showed we could learn to live another way — plus fly and dance and say “bah, humbug,” for fun.

We read, you read, Patrick Stewart, and Lionel Barrymore and more read “A Christmas Carol.”
-Tom Ashbrook
Guests:

Elizabeth Richmond-Garza, professor of English and director of the department of literature at the University of Texas.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

This program aired on December 24, 2010.

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