The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library presents a Reader’s Theater production of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. They leave in the narrator, which is important, because Dickens is serving as narrator himself in the manuscript and he always gives himself all the best lines when he does. The books where he has a character serve as narrator pale in comparison. If you’ve never seen or read a version of A Christmas Carol with the narrator, you haven’t really experienced it yet. This very abridged version takes just over 1 hour 10 minutes to watch or listen to, but hits most of the key points. It was produced December 3, 2011.
I also recommend The Muppet Christmas Carol which first inspired me to realize that I didn’t really know the story and MUST read the original, despite having seen dozens of other movies and special episodes of TV shows depict it.
My one quarrel with this magnificent story is that TV shows doing Christmas episodes often claim that it’s a family tradition to read it on Christmas Eve and that you can read the whole thing in one night. Make that reading some every night for a month leading up to Christmas for a more realistic goal.
UPDATE 2014: Even though it’s been a couple of years, I really don’t have a lot to add to this post. I did do some editing that I think helps clarity. The link to the video still works. I still love A Christmas Carol and I still recommend listening to his version as you busily get ready for Christmas.
Sarah S. Uthoff is main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+,LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.