Dickens, the Man Who Invented Christmas?
Dickens “is referred to as the man who invented Christmas but he didn’t exactly do that,” said Michael Slater, author of a new Dickens biography, ” It’s the same year, 1843, that the first Christmas card is recorded. There was definitely a revival of Christmas, and Dickens with his little story incorporates so many different aspects of the festive season. He stamped his image on it.”
“What he did,” said actor, author and Dickensian Simon Callow, “was to make Christmas about now.”
In today’s Washington Post, Adrian Higgins takes a look at the acclaimed novelist and his influence on the holiday.