Podcast #22: Have Yourself a Dickens of a Christmas

Charles Dickens. A name synonymous with Christmas and the staple of literary characters related to the season: Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, and Tiny Tim. I have my collected editions of A Christmas Carol displayed for the festivities this year, as always. In a quiet moment during the holidays, I steal aside to my reading corner with a cuppa tea or hot chocolate, and browse through the varied editions: from pop-up book to annotated and illustrated to original handwritten facsimile to antique volumes . . .

Dickens is credited with penning the imagery of the idyllic Victorian celebration of Christmas, a day he took great joy in with his own family. His accounts in many of his works include similar recordings of wassail bowls, after-dinner games, pantomimes, dancing, gift-giving, and the warmth of family gatherings . . .

Victorian readers first experienced a Dickens Christmas in the book that propelled him to world-wide fame: The Pickwick Papers. Published in 1836-1837 as a monthly serial narrative filled with trademark character types, settings, satirical wit, and humor, Dickens introduced literacy and a love of literature to the lower classes . . .

Christmas is cause for remembrance and celebration! And Dickens pens nostalgia and festivity in such a way that you are drawn into the action at once, with every sense tickled and delighted. Here’s a small portion of the Christmas chapter from The Pickwick Papers—in which even the title of the chapter appears to be worth at least a tuppence:

Click the PLAY BUTTON above to listen to the full dramatized reading of the article including Christmas excerpts from The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens!

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Sharing Podcast #22: Have Yourself a Dickens of a Christmas this week with:

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About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.


  1. I love reading and thinking about “A Christmas Carol” every year also. There are so many bright spots to ponder, that I always come away with a new blessing! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas Season. I am blessed to be your neighbor over at #LMM this week!

  2. This was my first visit to your blog, and found it via Beverly’s Pink Saturday.
    I am delighted that my first visit featured one of my – if not THE – favorite writers of all! and this time of year always includes a re-enjoyment of reading A Christmas Carol.
    I enjoyed your Pickwick Papers excerpt readings greatly – wonderfully colorful, energetic and with a plethora of charming characterizations.
    Thank you for sharing … I’ll be back to hear more!

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