December 19, 2006

Done Me Good: A Christmas Carol

I have always thought of Christmas time, as ... the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore ... though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!
—Charles Dickens

I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.

Their faithful Friend and Servant, C.D.

December, 1843.
—Charles Dickens, Preface to A Christmas Carol

Source: Garrison Keillor's A Writer's Almanac for Tuesday, December, 19, 2006
It was on this day in 1843 that Charles Dickens published A Christmas Carol.
See also:'s A Christmas Carol

Posted by niganit at December 19, 2006 5:22 AM
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