Charles Dickens, the famous Victorian novelist wanted people to celebrate Christmas all year round, not just in December. The heartwarming days on both sides of December 25th meant much to the man who created Ebenezer Scrooge, the selfish, Christmas-hating miser from his novel "A Christmas Carol"
Great Britain, during the industrial revolution of the 1800s was a land where the wealthy lived in luxury yet many were very poor. Dickens remained a passionate advocate of optimism in the face of despair.
"There is always something in life to be thankful for", he said. "I will honour Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all year round. It transforms us. This is the season of merry Christmases, friendships, cheerful recollections and affection. God bless every Christmas!"