'A Christmas Carol' is a novella (short story) written by Charles Dickens in 1843.
It is set in Victorian London over the time period Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Victorians were not a festive bunch when Dickens wrote his novel.
This story helped reinvent Christmas celebrations and Christmas spirit!
If it wasn't for Mr Dickens - you may still well only be receiving a lump of coal at Christmas!
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