The post is quite late coming. Over the Christmas holidays, my boyfriend and I decided to read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I didn’t know this before, but after I bought a copy, I realized that Dickens had written several Christmas short stories and essays. I didn’t get through them all but I did read ‘Christmas Festivities’, an essay in which Dickens advises how to treat the Christmas holidays, but I think the lessons are just as appropriate for the beginning of a new year. Every new year, the whole of Britain reflects on the year that has passed, an exercise which brings either great happiness and pride or complete misery, or, usually, a bit of both.
Here’s a bit of food for thought from Dickens:
1. However worse your situation is than the previous year, ‘thank God it is no worse’.
2. Do not focus on those who are not with you anymore but ‘reflect on your current blessings- of which every man has many- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. Fill your glass again, with a merry face and a contented heart.’
3.’There’s seems a magic in the very name of Christmas (or new year?). Petty jealousies and discords are forgotten: social feelings are awakened in bosoms to which they have long been strangers’.
Happy new year!