Fun, Simple Family Activities to Do at Home
Here are just a few ways for the whole family to engage with A Christmas Carol and get into the holiday spirit. These activities can be done before, after, or even while you listen to the audio play.
Our A Christmas Carol study guide was developed by staff of our Education and Engagement Department. Articles in this guide explore the underlying themes of A Christmas Carol and their connections to social and political movements throughout history and today.
Draw a Christmas Spirit!
Draw a picture of the Ghost of Christmas Past and (have your parents) post it on Instagram, and tag @GoodmanTheatre!
What does the Ghost look like? It’s mostly up to you! Charles Dickens tells us that “It was a strange figure—like a child: yet not so like a child as like an old man. Its hair was white as if with age; and yet the face had not a wrinkle in it!”
He also tells us that the Ghost of Christmas Past can fly. You imagine the rest!
Share Memories of Christmas Past
Ask an older family member or friend how they celebrated the winter holidays when they were young.
With whom did they celebrate? What traditions did they have? What did they eat? Do they have pictures they can show you? How were their celebrations different from yours? How were they the same?
Remember the Joy in 2020
Get out your construction paper and make a paper chain. On each link, write the name of someone who brought you joy in 2020.
In A Christmas Carol, the ghost of Jacob Marley is weighed down by chains because he didn’t think enough about other people while he was living–but you have the chance to practice gratitude towards others now.