Christmas is on its way.
And the way Christmas is celebrated in the UK comes down to Charles Dickens. Dickens loved Christmas and this is clear from the Christmas stories he wrote.
- 17 December 1843: A Christmas Carol (Chapman and Hall)
- 16 December 1844: The Chimes (Bradbury and Evans)
- 20 December 1845: The Cricket on the Hearth
- 19 December 1846: The Battle of Life 19 December 1848: The Haunted Man (series concluded)
Of course the best of these and the best known of these is ‘A Christmas Carol’. A Christmas Carol brought the Christian story of Ebeneezer Scrooge and of redemption to his life that continues in its popularity to this day.
And so its influence on our English Christmas is quite immense.
So I will be adding Christmas posts from now until Christmas Eve…I will be trying everyday.