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It has been argued that Charles Dickens is responsible for the revival of the Christmas spirit during the nineteenth century Charles Dickens has probably had more influence on the way the Christian world celebrates Christmas today than any other person Dickens is well known for his Christmas philosophy which manifests itself through his novel A Christmas Carol This novel undoubtedly one of Dickens greatest pieces of work show us in detail the authors Christmas philosophy of affection and hope towards mankind Although Dickens achieved much success from this novel it can be argued that he segregates a large part of the population that does not share his philosophies of Christmas In order to understand Dickens success during the nineteenth century a historical background must first be discussed At the beginning of the Victorian period the celebration of Christmas was in decline The medieval Christmas traditions that combined the celebration of the birth of Christ with the ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia had come under intense scrutiny by the Puritans under Oliver Cromwell The Industrial Revolution in full swing in Dickens time also allowed workers little time for the celebration of Christmas The romantic revival of Christmas traditions that occurred in Victorian times had other contributors Prince Albert brought the German custom of decorating the Christmas tree to England the singing of Christmas carols which had all but disappeared at the turn of the century began to thrive again and the first Christmas card appeared in the 1840s It was however the Christmas stories of Dickens particularly his 1843 masterpiece A Christmas Carol which rekindled the joy of Christmas in Britain and North America Dickens description of the holiday as A good time a kind forgiving charitable pleasant time 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 other
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