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A Dickens of a Christmas Tim Stimson Wednesday 11 December 2019

In this lecture we will invoke the authentic Spirit of Christmas! And still for most people the best way to celebrate this grand old institution, is the traditional way – turkey dinner, presents under the tree. Yet this tradition is historically recent – for the Christmas we celebrate is largely Victorian. The one person most responsible for its new popularity was Charles Dickens, of whom on his death in 1870, a little cockney girl was said to have asked – “then will Father Christmas die too?”