It’s considered to be one of the essential stories written on Christmas. In the era that Charles Dickens wrote ‘A Christmas Carol’ the holiday was actually not very popular in England and if you read your history ‘Boxing Day’ was actually a larger day on the calendar. It was around the time that Queen Victoria married German Prince Albert who brought the Christmas Tree tradition from Germany. This was one of the factors that coincided with the release of ‘A Christmas Carol’ and helped the holiday take off in the hearts and minds of the British people. Prior to the Victorian era the concept of ‘Christmas spirit’ or the ‘meaning of Christmas’ was lost on the public in fact pitching the book to publishers was difficult, they couldn’t understand how anybody could interested in the idea but then saw the story reach popularity in both England and The United States, where Dickens had a following in the thousands. Even though he went on to write four more Christmas books non were ever as popular or revered as ‘A Christmas Carol’which has been remade as a film more times than you can count!
Even a Muppet Christmas Carol exists!
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