Here's a favorite passage of mine taken from that classic.
It is spoken by Scrooge's nephew and I have paraphrased for the sake of saving some space.
Hopefully, my paraphrasing has not sacrificed the important message...
I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.
A Christmas Carol ~ Charles Dickens