I can’t believe I let December slip away with only one post! When I started this blog, I told myself I would make it more successful than any other past attempts. And by successful, I mean it wouldn’t end up in the virtual blog graveyard that surely exists somewhere out in cyberspace. So instead of making excuses, and there are a few good ones with as crazy as the holidays get, I’m going to see 2012 as a clean slate. It works out anyway, since all the reading challenges I was researching totally stunted my reading progress. Every time I wanted to start a book, I would tell myself it could count toward my 2012 goals if I waited. Maybe that’s silly, but it’s 2012 now and it’s full steam ahead and I guess regular updating should be a new year’s resolution.
There is something I want to share from 2011, though. I want to preface this by saying that I love Charles Dickens. I read A Tale of Two Cities in middle school and it was a wrap for me. Yet, as many of his novels as I’ve read, a few multiple times, I had never read A Christmas Carol. I know that’s practically sacrilegious for a Dickens fan to admit considering it’s one of his most popular works. You can’t even turn on the TV during the holidays without seeing some version the story. (I just saw the Jim Carrey CGI version for the first time this year and rather enjoyed it, but I have to admit that the Disney version with Scrooge McDuck is still my favorite.)
Anyway, I finally read A Christmas Carol this Christmas because, for the first time, I payed a visit to Dickens Christmas Village in the Philadelphia Macy’s and I wanted to read it first. Naturally, I loved the book and the Village was outstanding as well.
Dickens Village is a life-size walk through of A Christmas Carol. It’s like stepping back in time to Dickens’ 1940s Victorian London with narrow alleys and tiny shops lining cobblestone streets. In “It’s a Small World” fashion, each scene of the book is depicted by highly elaborate vignettes and animatronic characters. As you walk through each scene, you can read the corresponding parts of the story in beautiful calligraphy painted on wooden signs. The mere size of this walkthrough is incredible, but it’s the tiny artistic details that are truly breathtaking.
Here are some of the snaps I took: