175 years ago, an English author by the name of Charles Dickens wrote one of the most iconic and enduring stories about Christmas ever written: “A Christmas Carol.” At the time, London was entering an industrial revolution that, unfortunately, was leading to a growing gap between the rich and the poor, and the inhumane treatment of powerless workers.
Dickens thought about publishing a pamphlet entitled, “An Appeal to the People of England On Behalf of the Poor Man’s Child.” Instead, he wrote the story of a greedy, bitter old man by the name of Ebenezer Scrooge, who would be visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve. The book sold an incredible 6,000 copies by Christmas Eve, 1843!
Dickens story stimulated conversations about the “meaning” of Christmas and influenced the direct relationship between the holiday season, philanthropy, and community that exists to this day. Two centuries later, no matter how many times the story is adapted, the moral and the ending of the story never change!