"Christmas stories" by Charles Dickens

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Thanks to modern methods of poultry raising as much as to Dickens, that American import, the turkey, began to replace the traditional bony and greasy goose as the centerpiece of the Christmas board, as is evident in A Christmas Carol, but the survival of the Christmas pudding abroad owes much to Dickens image of the Cratchits pudding singing in the copper. The jolly Giant, glorious to see in the Third Stave of A Christmas Carol is the earliest English version of the German Santa Klaus, but in John Leech s coloured illustration he is garbed in green, a pagan vegetation symbol as much as modern English Father Christmas accompanied by such pre-Christian paraphernalia as a crown of holly, a flaming link torch , a yule log, mistletoe, and a steaming bowl of negus punch . Our North American Santa Claus was invented just twenty years earlier, in Clement C.

Moore s A Visit from Saint Nicholas, derived not from the old Roman god Saturn whose worship from December 17th to 24th had included decorated tree boughs like Dickens s Ghost of Christmas Present, but from the gift-giving early Christian bishop and saint from Asia Minor. Reginald C. Churchill - Bibliography of Dickensian Criticism.

London Routledge 1836-1974-75 , a selective, partly annotated bibliography. pp. 98-123 One of his sons wrote that, for Dickens, Christmas was a great time, a really jovial time, and my father was always at his best, a splendid host, bright and jolly as a boy and throwing his heart and soul into everything that was going on And then the dance!

There was no stopping him! Amateur magician and actor, Dickens had little Christmas shopping to worry about, and no crowded malls or crass commercialization of the family festival to jangle his finely-tuned nerves. But that time in his boyhood, when he slaved in the blacking factory while his family were in the Marshalsea Prison, weighed heavily somewhere in the back of his mind, and made occasional intrusions, such as Ignorance and Want in A Christmas Carol and the street urchin in .

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