In our "Dickens at Christmas" video, Professor Jon Mee discuss the link between Dickens and Christmas and says:
Did Dickens invent Christmas? Well all I can really say to that is Bah! Humbug! He invented that phrase that everyone knows and everybody knows it is associated with Ebenezer Scrooge, a character that people know even if have never read a word of Dickens. Did he invent turkey, stuffing, mistletoe, holly, red berries, all the things that the ghost of Christmas present brings into A Christmas Carol? No, he didn’t invent those, they were already a part of Christmas festivities. What perhaps he did invent was the idea of Christmas as a special point of light in a dark, violent, often unpredictable world of getting and spending.
Professor Jon Mee