Charles Dickens, Covent Garden and The Perfect Christmas

Just a quick article on one of my favourite literary heroes, that I wrote for ‘The London Postcard.’

The London Postcard

by Christina Alagaratnam

‘I will honour Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.’

– A Christmas Carol

Glance down Regent Street and you’ll see that Christmas has finally settled upon London. Lights are glittering down every street and shop windows are lined with decorations, ready for this festive season. How did London grow to become like this? We have the Victorian era to thank for that. Prince Albert introduced the German custom of decorating Christmas trees, and singing carols from door to door is an activity that was revived after lying dormant since the turn of the 19th Century.

Then we have Charles Dickens.

They call him the ‘inventor’ of Christmas. He is the man responsible for our idyllic image of that perfect, snow coated, Victorian street, where children race each other upon the cobbles and market sellers pour hot roasted chestnuts into the…

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