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Christmas in Top Hats

December 25, 2006

I have always thought of Christmas as a good time; a kind, forgiving, generous, pleasant time; a time when men and women seem to open their hearts freely, and so I say, God bless Christmas!Charles Dickens*

Mr. Crumpet’s favorite Christmas tale is Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. He is not alone. Since its publication in 1843, the novella has entertained generation after generation of readers all over the world.

Michael Patrick Hearn, author of The Annotated Christmas Carol, credits Dickens with saving many of the popular Christmas traditions we take for granted today and inventing some of his own…like the phrase “Merry Christmas.”

Dickens would go on to write four other (largely forgotten) Christmas novellas and reference Christmas in many of his other works, including his last novel, the famously unfinished Mystery of Edwin Drood.

“He just really loved Christmas,” says Mr. Crumpet.

“Good thing, too,” says Orange Bear, “because I hear he had ten kids.”

* For all things Dickens, see David Perdue’s superb Charles Dickens Page.

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