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Charles Dickens: What Christmas Is As We Grow Older

Language:
English
Genres:
Fiction & Literature, Philosophy

Charles Dickens was an English writer, social critic, author of numerous short stories, novels, plays. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. Dickens’s creations are individualized by remarkable characters, mastery of prose in the description of their lives, and his depictions of the social classes, mores and values of his times. He was one of the most noted English authors, who has been highly acclaimed in Europe during his life time, and his works became the classical examples of English realistic literature. “What Christmas is as we Grow Older” is the Christmas essay, written in 1851. This is the discussion on philosophical themes that encourages the readers to be thankful for experience and all memories, good and bad; the author’s message is - Christmas is the chance to clear yourself from negative moments, grudges and conflicts. Dickens writes, “Therefore, as we grow older, let us be more thankful that the circle of our Christmas associations and of the lessons that they bring, expands! Let us welcome every one of them, and summon them to take their places by the Christmas hearth.”

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