The story of a gravedigger with the disposition of Ebeneezer Scrooge, it too involved the protagonist being kidnapped, in this case by goblins, to show the error of his ways.
That many elements of Christmas came from the pen of Dickens is a testament to the power of tradition.
The story of Scrooge would be viewed differently if it hadn’t happened on December 24, but let’s say August 24.
Stripped of its Christmas trappings, A Christmas Carol is a classic gothic ghost story.
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From this venerable piece of furniture, with which his shadowy figure and dark weazen face so admirably accorded, he was dealing forth strange accounts of popular superstitions and legends of the surrounding country, with which he had become acquainted in the course of his antiquarian researches.” , From The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., 1819, Washington Irving A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens in 1843, appeared fairly early in the Victorian era.
It comes as a surprise to many to learn that at the time, Christmas was in danger of being wiped out by Puritanical zeal.
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Dickens work, along with others helped bring the holiday back from the brink of extinction, in a large part by reminding people of their Christmas traditions.