I HAVE endeavoured in this Ghostly little book to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.

Their faithful Friend and Servant,

C. D.


  1. Charles Dickens loved Christmas and had very fond memories of the holiday with his family. In 1843, a father of several children himself (eventually he had ten children), Dickens read a report on child labor abuses in England and he also visited the Field Lane Ragged School.  The claims made by the report, combined with first-hand witnessing so disturbed him that he would declared that he would deliver “sledge-hammer blow . . . on behalf of the Poor Man’s Child.” The best way he could do this was through writing.  He already enjoyed wide fame, and he used his notoriety to promote his social consciousness. Dickens was "raising awareness" long before the term was actually coined. 

    — Jamie Wheeler