Charles Dickens was a literary icon of the 19th century, and his work is still widely celebrated today. He is best known for his classic novels, such as Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol and Great Expectations. But what many people don’t realise is that Dickens was also responsible for inventing the modern idea of Christmas. He was the first author to write about Christmas in a way that resonated with readers, and his work has shaped how we think about the festive season.
Dickens: The Man Who Invented Christmas
Charles Dickens was born in 1812 in Portsmouth, England. He was the son of a navy clerk and his family struggled financially, leading to Dickens’s father being sent to debtors’ prison. This experience had a profound effect on Dickens and would later be reflected in his writing.
Dickens was a prolific writer, producing 15 major novels and countless short stories, essays and articles. He was also an avid promoter of his work, giving public readings of his stories and touring extensively. His popularity was such that he was able to make a living solely from his writing.
One of his most famous works, A Christmas Carol, was published in 1843 and tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly old man who is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve. Through their visits, Scrooge is taught the true meaning of Christmas, and is transformed from a grumpy old man into a generous, kind-hearted soul.
This story was revolutionary for its time, as it was the first to depict Christmas as a happy, family-oriented holiday. Up until that point, Christmas had been largely forgotten and was not widely celebrated. But Dickens’s story changed all that, and it kickstarted a revival of the holiday season that continues to this day.
Celebrating the Legacy of a Literary Icon
Charles Dickens is remembered today as one of the greatest writers of the 19th century. His work has been adapted for the stage, screen and radio, and his stories still resonate with readers of all ages. But Dickens’s legacy also extends beyond literature. He is the man who invented Christmas, and his work has shaped how we think about the festive season.
Every year, millions of people around the world celebrate Christmas in a way that was inspired by Dickens’s writing. We decorate our homes, exchange gifts and gather with family and friends. All of these traditions can be traced back to Dickens’s influence and it’s