Activities: Reading 'A Christmas Carol'
On cold winter nights in Victorian times, families would take their seats around the hearth for story-telling. Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol sums up what a Victorian Christmas meant with its themes of charity, family and goodwill to all men. It still has a lasting legacy in the sort of Christmases we celebrate today.
A Christmas Carol is a great story for a Victorian Christmas. Ghost and fairy tales were very popular in Victorian times.
Not only an important book for Victorians, A Christmas Carol is still enjoyed today. It has been adapted for stage, film and television and has been forever parodied and referenced.
So gather around for a magical evening of festive story-telling.
National Archives: Victorian Britain
History in Focus: The Victorian Era
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Victorian Web
British Library: Online Exhibition: Victorian Britain
Pollock's Toy Museum