Charles John Huffam Dickens (February 7, 1812 – June 9, 1870), the English writer and social critic belonging to the Victorian era, is widely regarded as the man who invented Christmas (celebration)!
In his novella ‘A Christmas Carol‘ (first published in London by Chapman & Hall in 1843), Dickens stressed mainly on love, generous donations, and the value of benevolence. The huge popularity of this work had encouraged others to pen similar novels in the 19th Century. It is believed that those novels popularised the festival of Christmas. Later, enjoying foods and exchanging gifts became integral parts of the Christmas celebrations…
The Charles Dickens Museum at 48, Doughty Street in Holborn, London Borough is organising a special exhibition, titled ‘Beautiful Books: Dickens and the Business of Christmas‘, ahead of the Christmas! The Museum authorities showcase his books, which were published on Christmas, along with the world’s first Christmas Envelope and the first printed Christmas Card!
The authorities also allow visitors to have a look at all the rooms of the four-storey Museum, which was basically the author’s residence. After his first child was born at this place, Dickens reportedly celebrated Christmas, and also the Twelfth Night Party here. He organised magic show, music and dance programmes and dramas as parts of the celebration.
Visitors get an opportunity to visit the room where Dickens used to enjoy Christmas meals with his guests. The desk is also there on which the author penned two novels – ‘Great Expectations‘ and ‘A Tale of Two Cities‘. When Dickens entered into this house, he was just 25… a little-known author who used the pseudonym ‘Boz‘. And before leaving this place, he became a famous personality and the author of world-famous novels ‘The Pickwick Papers‘, ‘Oliver Twist‘ and ‘Nicholas Nickleby‘!
Inside the Museum
The ongoing event is the Museum authorities’ Christmas gift to Britons, this year!
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