I finally read it! I've owned A Christmas Carol for years, but always felt too daunted by it. But a few semesters ago I read a different Dickens novel and that made me more motivated to read this one. So, yay!
It was actually a very fast read. It's not very long and it wasn't dull. I really enjoyed it. I'm pretty sure everyone knows the basic story line, but here you go: Scrooge is a grumpy old man who doesn't realize how lonely he really is. Then in one night he goes with the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future and sees how bleak and depressing his life is. He resolves to change, and succeeds in doing so.
This book has a fantastic message of charity and having the Christmas spirit with you. Dickens (of course) writes beautifully. Some of the language is now outdated (first published in 1843) so a few descriptions were a bit tricky to follow, but don't let that stop you from reading this wonderful Christmas story.
Happy Reading and Merry Christmas!