Ten Random Facts: A Christmas Carol

Hello, I’m Leah G. Alfonso. I write so that I may speak.

Welcome to another installment of ‘Ten Random Facts’! In this segment, I take a story and share, as the title implies, ten random facts that not a lot of people know, but would be fun little tidbits to share at parties, family reunions, and other places where humans are required to socialize. And since this is the season of Christmas, I thought I’d partake in the awesomeness of December by sharing trivia on one of my favorite holiday stories, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. So sit back and enjoy as I share ten random facts about the story of a grouchy geezer, the ghosts that come knocking on his door, and of course the spirit of Christmas.

  1. Dickens was the first popular author to read his work in front of an audience, and A Christmas Carol was the first and last of his books that he publicly read.
  2. One of the instances where Dickens publicly read A Christmas Carol was in 1867 when he read in Chicago. That reading not only encouraged one Mr. Fairbanks to close his factory on Christmas Day every year, but also to give all of his employees turkeys for Christmas.
  3. In the book, the Ghost of Christmas Present tells Scrooge that he has over 1800 brothers and sisters. Since A Christmas Carol was written in the 1800s, one could assume that each sibling represents a previous Christmas.
  4. Dickens claimed that he wrote the book in six weeks, and gave credit to Bob Cratchit and his son Tiny Tim, two beloved characters that appear in the book, for helping him write the story.
  5. A Christmas Carol is one of the most popular Christmas stories ever written, boasting dozens of adaptations in theater, movies, television, and more. Disney made at least two Christmas Carol movies (one featuring Mickey Mouse & the gang, the other featuring Jim Carey), and even the Muppets cashed in on it. There are even two graphic novels adapted from A Christmas Carol, one by Dick Matena and the other by Sean Michael Wilson.
  6. Dickens got the idea for the book after the combination of a charity event and a long walk in the night.
  7. Mark Twain was one of the many listeners for whom Dickens read and performed A Christmas Carol. He even wrote a few words about the experience, which can be found in one of the links below.
  8. Dickens finished the book just in time to publish it before Christmas. Once the bookshops first stocked on it, it sold out within three days.
  9. Every adaptation of A Christmas Carol, even the bad ones, made it into the Nostalgia Critic’s Top 12 Christmas Specials, coming in second only to A Christmas Story.
  10. The opening line of the book is “Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.” The closing line is “God bless us, everyone!”

And those are just a few of the many tidbits of trivia surrounding Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Plenty more can be found in the links below, if you’d like to be enlightened. Until next time, this is Leah G. Alfonso saying “God bless us, everyone!”

Photo source: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2013/12/22/be-a-scrooge-this-year-reflections-from-a-christmas-carol/

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