VIDEO: What Dickens Did For Christmas

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VIDEO: What Dickens Did For Christmas

Without Charles Dickens, Christmas wouldn't be the Christmas you know and love (or loathe). The influence of his A Christmas Carol transformed an unpopular festival into one of the best-loved feasts in the Christian calendar. The roast goose tradition? He came up with that. A period of generosity to those less fortunate? He popularised that too. In fact, he is so synonymous with the popularisation of Christmas that when he died in 1870, there's a story that a costermonger's little girl in London asked: "Mr Dickens dead? Then will Father Christmas die too?"

In the video above, Charles Dickens impersonator Chris West tells us all about the impact one of London's greatest authors had on the festival season — from the home of the man himself, the Charles Dickens Museum in Doughty Street.

Last Updated 14 August 2015

Peter Twist

A delight! Thank you Londonist and thank you Christopher. May the resourcefulness of your offerings continue to inspire our enthusiasm for all things London throughout 2015.

Chris West

I can't think of a better Christmas present than to understand the message of A Christmas Carol. Merry Christmas everyone.

A Loud Fart

Bah, humbug!