Last week’s movie recommendation, The Muppet Christmas Carol, got me in the mood for Scrooge. Thinking about A Christmas Carol, I remembered that a friend, a Jewish friend as it happens, once told me that his family had a tradition of reading A Christmas Carol aloud on Christmas Eve. At one point, I acquired a copy of the book in hopes of starting a similar tradition in our house, but it never quite took off. But still, the notion of listening to the story appealed to me.
Off I went, a-YouTubing, among the leaves so green. There are plenty of versions, including ones that read the entire story. But for me, the gem is a 1965 radio version, linked above, with Ralph Richardson as the narrator and Scrooge. You really want the accents in this story to be British (or at the very least, Muppet).
The story was abridged, so the recording comes in at just under an hour. I didn’t think it was missing anything essential, but then I watched this 1990 collection of clips of Patrick Stewart reading all the parts for his one-man performance of the story, and I wished the wretched children, Ignorance and Want, hadn’t been edited out in 1965.
Enjoy, and a Merry Christmas!