A Christmas Carol has been popular since the day it was first published in 1843, and it has never been out of print (at least since the first sell out only 3 days after its release). The familiar story is build on a man changed by enlightenment, and its message of redemption is the heart of Christmas.
The story was born in hardship and Dickens spoke from experience. The 1830s and 40s were boom years in London, but like today the result was an economic polarization of society. In 1824, Dickens’ father was placed in debtors prison and 12-year-old Charles was forced to take lodgings nearby, pawn his collection of books, leave school, and accept employment in a blacking factory. For months he lived the life of hardship he vividly describes in his novels.
Later as a young man, he enjoyed financial success when by 26 he had written Oliver Twist, but 6 years later he was in a slump. Around the middle of October of 1843, he got the bright idea to write a short Christmas novella in time for the holidays. It took him only six weeks to write and on December 19th, A Christmas Carol in Prose: A Ghost Story of Christmas went on sale for five shillings. It was an immediate success.
It has blessed us every one.