I have known the story all my life, having watched it in different forms on TV and such, but had never read the actual book. I decided this Christmas I would finally take the time. And I am so glad I did! This book, as is the case with most books, is much better than any adaption ever done, I am convinced of that. It's magical, delightful, and with a humor I had not expected. I realized about halfway through that it's really a sort of "intervention" for Ebeneezer. Haha. It works. I highly recommend this story. Always.