The Real Story Behind Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

By Paul Millward,

"A Merry Christmas, uncle! God save you!" says Fred to Scrooge in the opening pages of A Christmas Carol, beginning the literary event that marks a turning point in the history of Christmas.

Charles Dickens popularized the expression "Merry Christmas," which is the most enduring expression of the Christmas season.  Dickens created a vision of Christmastime based on joy, compassion, and companionship, which has become the blueprint of Christmas celebrations in western culture.

In mid-Victorian Britain, Christmas as a celebratory festival had fallen into decline. A w...

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