A Village Tour
Look! That family is going for a sleigh ride!
I hear it is very good.
We should say good-bye to Tiny Time before we leave.
Facts about A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
On December 19, 1843 A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was first published. The story was instantly a success and within one week over six thousand copies had been sold! Dickens had been suffering financially and had written the book in six weeks to pay off a debt.
A Christmas Carol is a Victorian morality tale of an old and bitter miser, Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge was never able to recover from the loss of his sister and from that day forward held anything other than money in contempt, including friendship, love, and the Christmas season. Scrooge's experiences one Christmas Eve prompted him to change his ways in hope of influencing "shadows of what may be."
Thomas Hood, a poet of the time, responded to the publication by saying, "If Christmas, with its ancient and hospitable customs, its social and charitable observances, were ever in danger of decay, this is the book that would give them a new lease." For over a century A Christmas Carol has been a story that opens the heart and soul of those who experience the masterpiece.
"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach." (Ebenezer Scrooge)
"God bless us everyone!" said Tiny Tim the last of all.