The Backstory of “A Christmas Carol”

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  Have you heard of it?

This one story has been told through films, stage plays, operas and so much more. I know it so well that I could probably repeat it without any help at all.

The one thing I didn’t know was the backstory.  How it went from a blank piece of paper to one of the most popular stories of all time. 

So when my brother and I decided to go to a movie called “The Man Who Invented Christmas,” I had no idea it was about Charles Dickens and how he created A Christmas Carol.  In fact, I had never even heard of this movie, but I love Christmas and it was the only one playing at the local theater with a holiday theme, so off we went.

It was amazing – I LOVED it!  And it made a huge impact on me.

Did you know that Charles Dickens went from great wealth to suffering from financial problems  just before A Christmas Carol was published?

Did you know that as a 12 year old boy, he was left to work in a filthy, rat-infested factory?  This haunted him just like the ghosts that haunt Scrooge in his book.

Did you know that many people told him the idea of A Christmas Carol would never work?  His publisher, printer, illustrator – all told him “no” at some point, yet he persisted and refused to give up.

Now I know that there are many Hollywood touches to make this story come to life on the big screen, so I did some research.   Much of it is true – a very fascinating story.

If you are interested in seeing the trailer before you invest the 10, 12, or 14 dollars to see this movie, check this out:

Even if Christmas and the holiday season aren’t your time of year, you can’t deny the determination, relentless attitude and belief in himself that Charles Dickens had.  It made me think of all the times I almost quit because someone didn’t believe in me.  This movie is a reminder that once you put your mind to something, great things can be accomplished.  Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in six weeks – YES – six weeks.  Now just imagine what you can accomplish once you set your mind to it.

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