The Fortean Times has a very interesting analysis of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” by Guy Reid-Brown, in which he investigates the possible mystical/shamanic inspiration for the classic Christmas story:
No doubt as this Advent commences, I, and many others, will be re-reading Charles Dickens’s 1843 seasonal classic “A Christmas Carol” for the umpteenth time. Those of us who have fallen under its spell will doubtless continue to do so every year, even if we live to be as old as the oldest Biblical patriarch, and each time with the same degree of emotion – whether it be delight, wonder or sadness -– as the times before.
In any other context, such behaviour might be interpreted as borderline obsessive, but that simply doesn’t apply here. Ponder this for a moment: there are few other works in Western literature that have enjoyed such a breadth and variety of adaptations across all media.