Fezziwig Balls

By | December 9th, 2018|Categories: 19th Century Literature, Christmas, Holidays, Recollections, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , , |

The start of December brings the season of Fezziwig Balls, like the one The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers hosts each year. The night is filled with 19th century carols, refreshments, and dancing as guests step back in time. Fezziwig Balls are named after Mr. Fezziwig, the employer of A Christmas Carol’s Ebenezer Scrooge when he was [...]

Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol

By | December 3rd, 2016|Categories: Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , , , , , |

No other author conjures thoughts of Christmas like Charles Dickens. His story, A Christmas Carol, has been told and told again each year during Yuletide. It is a classic tale or redemption we enjoy experiencing as part of our holiday tradition. Charles Huffam Dickens was born on February 7, 1812 in Portsmouth, on the southern [...]

Charles Dickens and Our Christmas Traditions

By | December 17th, 2015|Categories: Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , |

by Donna Klein   Charles Dickens, the Victorian Era, and Today's Christmas Traditions   An annual holiday tradition in my house is watching “A Christmas Carol,” based on the novella by Charles Dickens. It got me thinking, 'what was Christmas really like in Dickens' day, and what is his influence on how we celebrate the [...]