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Charles Dickens Publishes A Christmas Carol (1843)

Charles Dickens Publishes A Christmas Carol (1843)

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 175 years since Charles Dickens published his classic novel, A Christmas Carol. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the curmudgeonly old man who is transformed by the spirit of Christmas, has become a cherished part of the holiday season. Every year, millions of people around the world read the story or watch one of the many films and television adaptations. And every year, Dickens’ message about the importance of kindness and empathy rings as true as ever.

While A Christmas Carol is undoubtedly Dickens’ most famous work, it is just one of many beloved stories that he wrote during his lifetime. Other classics include Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, and A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens was a master storyteller with a rare ability to evoke both laughter and tears. His novels have inspired countless other writers and continue to be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

On this anniversary of A Christmas Carol, let’s take a moment to celebrate the life and work of one of the greatest writers in history. Thanks to Dickens, we have a richer understanding of what it means to be human. And we have a timeless reminder that, no matter how hard our hearts may seem, they are always capable of change!

Activity Ideas:

  • Find out different versions and remakes of A Chrismas Carol with this Fact sheet – here
  • Challenge your knowledge with this Famous Christmas Books Wordsearch – here 
  • Write your own Christmas Carol – here