Charles Dickens published 5 Christmas Books between 1943 and 1948:
- A Christmas Carol / illustrated by Arthur Rackham 
- The Chimes 
- The Cricket on the Hearth 
- The Battle of Life 
- The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain 
Charles Dickens wrote 16 novels, numerous short stories, travelogues, articles, and everything else in between. The world knows him as one of the greatest writers to ever walk on planet Earth. His unique writing style, exceptional delivery, and the brilliant mind have turned him into the king of the XIX century.
He has too many credentials to count, and we gotta point out that Dickens single-handedly made Christmas “cool” again. That’s right – he brought back the lost and forgotten customs, including the toys, the ornaments, and popularized some of the more modern trends like the green tree, among other things.
Embracing The Christmas Spirit With Charles Dickens
Europe abandoned the once-popular Christmas routine, but, thankfully, the famed writer introduced the new generations to the beauty of celebrating like folks did in the old days. Without a doubt, A Christmas Carol made a huge impact on his readers and fueled the movement towards exploring and accepting the marvelous traditions from the previous centuries.
The British citizens were ready to embrace the spirit of the celebration, the carols, and the music – all of it. Dickens himself was inspired by the memories of his own childhood and by the numerous Christmas stories that he read when he was a little boy.
Before he penned this immortal novel, the writer published three shorter Christmas stories, and they’re all equally great. However, it was this epic book that turned him into a superstar, a writer that the whole world was talking about.
One Of The Greatest Christmas Novels In History
Without a doubt, A Christmas Carol is among the most popular novels to ever be printed and people are still adapting it for the big/small screen and for the theater. The kids really love this touching tale and so do the grown-ups. The story follows a grumpy, greedy old man who cares only about himself.
However, when the ghost of a man he used to know pays him a visit, the oldster changes into a completely different person. The townsfolk can’t even recognize him after his transformation. Slowly, but steadily, he turns into an honorable and admirable individual, someone that people start to look up to.
Keeping The Spirit Alive And Well
The Chimes came out approximately a year after this epic novel. It’s the 2nd addition to Dickens’s series of Christmas stories. It comes with a gripping, twisty plot, a fine lineup of characters and a strong social message.
The writer intentionally made the finale a bit blurry to let the readers pick the ending by themselves. The critics and the fans loved the story and the author’s brilliant writing. The book sold 25K copies in the first 3 months. The majority of the papers loved to discuss the success and the resonating effect of the simple-yet-relevant tale.
If you’re a fan of heartwarming Christmas stories but don’t want to read something big and long like A Christmas Carol, this short book will be a great pick for you. It’s wise, funny, witty and all kinds of fascinating.
Christmas Protects The Worthy Ones
The 3rd installment in the bestselling Christmas series, called The Cricket on the Hearth, hit the shelves in 1845. The author himself really loved his creation and called it a quiet, serene, warm and pretty story.
The plot is centered on John, an honest, hard-working man living with his beautiful young wife and a little kid – a boy (and his nanny). A fancy cricket on the hearth is something of a protector and guardian for these fine folks.
When Mr. Tackleton, a rich man with a stone heart, enters this family’s life, he threatens to tear it apart. But John finds the strength and the courage to stick with his loved ones and protect them from this evil man’s intrigues. Educational and thought-provoking, this is a great Dickens story to savor.
The 4th and the 5th installments came out in 1846 and in ’48. They aren’t as big as the first two, but are still worth your while, even though they never received wide recognition. For Dickens who already made it to the pedestal, this was more of a gift to the readers than an attempt to make money.
The Battle of Life is the only Christmas tale that doesn’t have any supernatural elements and just follows a regular story with a predictable finale. The last chapter, The Haunted Man, is focused on the spirit of the holiday, rather than the celebration itself.
The Christmas stories for Dickens have always been something of a hobby. He worked on them to relax and to regain his literary strength after spending too much time and energy on the famous novels. Still, he put enough heart and soul into them, and that is why these books, short or long, are considered to be classics. Pick one you like and dive into the magical world of the greatest holiday of the year.