Friday, December 19, 2014

This Day in Christian History: December 19

This Day in Christian History: December 19

December 19, 1843: Charles Dickens first published A Christmas Carol

One of the timeless classics of Christmas, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was first published on December 19, 1843. It was an instant success, and Dickens is often credited with changing Christmas forever with this novella. One thing is for certain, his tale left a lasting impression on our culture, from the expression of "Bah-Humbug!" to images of Tiny Tim and his words "God bless us, everyone!"

In Dicken's story, an old cranky businessman by the name of Ebeneezer Scrooge dreams that he is visited by three ghosts of Christmas. Through his dream, he learns that one can choose joy, peace and kindness, and it can be found even through darkness and despair.

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  1. How neat! Thanks for sharing this, Amber! A Christmas Carol always scared me when I was younger with all the ghosts and rattling chains. :) But now I love hearing the story and seeing things I missed before.

    1. Glad you enjoyed the post, Natalie. I'm with you, it scared me too. Actually I still think it's a little scary! Lol