Every year around Christmas, I go back and read the Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, usually followed by several versions of it in movies. I know what could be more sappy but we all have a Christmas idiosyncrasy, mine just involves Scrooge. Sample this wikipedia entry to get the spirit:
“Contemporaries noted that the story’s popularity played a critical role in redefining the importance of Christmas and the major sentiments associated with the holiday. A Christmas Carol was written during a time of decline in the old Christmas traditions. “If Christmas, with its ancient and hospitable customs, its social and charitable observances, were in danger of decay, this is the book that would give them a new lease”, said English poet Thomas Hood.[5"]]
This year I think I could use a new lease more than ever so enjoy.