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One of my favorite things to do leading up to Christmas is to Watch “A Christmas Carol,” which was written in book form by Charles Dickens in the 1840s. The Puritans, who believed Christmas was pagan and tied to Roman Catholicism, left some influence on Britain, where the holiday was not widely observed at the time. Dickens, as he’s portrayed in this movie, writes a book that ignites the celebration of Christmas in England.

It was a refreshing movie. It contains no curse words and gives a glimpse into a producer of British literature at  a time when our culture is coarse and many things European are disparaged.

Starring the British actor Dan Stevens, the movie tells of Dickens actual life and adds his interaction with his strong imaginary characters. “The Man Who Invented Christmas” even gives a glimpse into character development as a writer might do.

While the movie’s target audience would not be children, it contains child actors, who play their parts well. There’s nothing vulgar in this flick. Parents can feel very comfortable taking their children to see this movie. If you wish to teach your children English literature, this movie could act as a good introduction to that. The movie shows the influences upon Dickens’ life and how he developed ideas for characters through people he met.

The story Dickens writes, which the British call “Scrooge,” is not meant to teach Christian theology. The necromancy suggested is fanciful and harmless within its context. It’s a movie the whole family can enjoy together.

I recommend taking the whole family to see this movie. I give it Four out of Five Stars.

Ashton Smith, Copyright © November 22, 2017, The Lantern & Shield Times LLC

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