HAPPY HOLIDAYS from Where History Meets Mystery! Earlier his week, I talked about one of my all-time favorite Christmas tales from the Victorian period, A Christmas Carol written in 1843 by Charles Dickens, and how it really played into the politics of what was going on in Victorian England at the time. For the remainder of the week, I wanted to talk about 5 historical facts regarding Christmas you might have not known about. I realize that not everyone celebrates Christmas, and for those who don’t, I still hope you find this interesting. Today, with fact #5, I am bringing it full circle back to the wonderful Charles Dickens. So, if you missed the first episode this week, you’re in luck!
#5 God Bless Us Everyone:
One of my favorite Christmas stories is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Like many of his works, Dicken’s A Christmas Carol was written as a commentary on specific social issues of the day, particularly the plight of the poor and the brutality of child labor. When Charles was 11, his family was imprisoned in Marshalsea debtors’ prison in Southwark, London because of his father’s mounting debts from living beyond his means. It was up to young Charles to leave school to help pay the family’s debt and he was soon employed at Warren’s Blacking Warehouse where he worked 10 hours a day pasting labels on pots of boot blacking.
When he first set out to work on the project that was to become the beloved story we know today, he intended for it to be a pamphlet entitled “An Appeal to the People of England on behalf of the Poor Man’s Child,” but he decided that he could reach the hearts of more people by telling the story symbolizing the harshness of government and the rich, and in Ebenezer Scrooge and how he behaved toward innocent families and the children in the lovely Cratchit family. It was a decision that produced an immediate and timeless best-seller, followed by print, stage and theater productions.
I hope you have learned something new and heart-warming about some of these Christmas traditions. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and joyous Holiday season!
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