It’s easy to get wrapped up in our various to do lists during the holiday season. There are gifts to buy, dinners to plan, cookies to bake, and homes to decorate: the list can feel endless. All the hustle and bustle can leave us feeling lost and a little overwhelmed. This year, why not take a note from Charles Dickens and rekindle the true spirit of the holidays? In 1843, his best-selling novel, the Christmas Carol reminded people that the real magic of Christmas was not about loading the tree with gifts but connecting with friends, families, and neighbours.