A Christmas Carol
amazon.com e-book for Kindle. First published 1943.
A relatively short Dickens novel, with a linear story line and a small number of characters. The mean-minded, miserly Scrooge is turned into a generous benefactor of all around by being taken into the past, shown around the present, and given a vision of the future by three spirits, respectively those of Christmases past, present and future. In the past he is shown his own rather modest beginnings and the love he then shared with various people, and that he had now forgotten. In the present he sees people who have much less than him, nothing in fact, enjoying themselves with good Christmas cheer. The future is then revealed to him as it must be if he does not change, and if it could be if he does.
This novel probably acts as the source, conscious or otherwise, of a great many Christmas stories since, including at least part of the first two 'Home Alone' movies. A nice book.