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A Christmas Carol Reading

On Saturday morning, December 24, Jenny Howe will be guest-hosting Daybreak and presenting a reading of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.


host.jpgThe story of A Christmas Carol is one of redemption and the Christmas spirit. 

Written in 1843, Charles Dickens wrote it very quickly once he was seized with the idea and completed the little book in just under six weeks.  Just one week after its publication the Christmas Carol had sold an astounding 6000 copies.

Dickens' began presenting it in public readings all over Britain, Paris, and in the United States. He performed it professionally but in many instances, also read the story for charity.  Charles Dickens got the idea for the story after visiting the northern industrial town of Manchester, England. He made a speech there about the necessity of educating very poor children.

While Dickens wrote the book because he himself needed the money, he was also responding to the notorious poverty of the "hungry forties," the 1840's.

And now, let's meet Ebeneezr Scrooge and enter his world, on Christmas Eve...

Rick Harp, co-host of Edmonton AM, reads Stave One

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Tara Weber, anchor of CBC News Week-end debuting in March 2012, reads Stave Two

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Mark Connolly & Portia Clark, from CBC News Edmonton, read Stave Three

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Donna McElligott, host of Alberta @ Noon, reads Stave Four

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Russell Bowers, host of Daybreak Alberta, reads Stave Five

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