Did you know A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is actually titled “A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas”?
It was first published in 1843 and has remained popular ever since. It’s never been out of print and has been adapted many times for film, stage, opera and other media.
A Christmas Carol tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is hated by all who cross his path due to his miserly and grumpy nature. On Christmas Eve Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After these visits, Scrooge undergoes a transformation into a kinder, gentler man.
The novella by Dickens shows off the Victorian revival of the Christmas holiday, with seasonal food and drink, gathering together as a family, songs, dance, games, and the idea of being generous at Christmas time to those less well off.