"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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