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Christmas just would not be Christmas without the annual viewing of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” – the ultimate Christmas tale; it has had such a profound success, which is evident in the countless retellings and adaptations, including the likes of one of my own personal favourites: “The Muppets Christmas Carol”.

In fact, I have a strong love of all things Christmas and enjoy the traditions, especially the culture of kindness towards each other, when it is allowed to happen. Christmas is a special time in our home.

This Christmas, however, something a little extra special took place and is a memory I think I will carry with me for a long time.

This December, I had the opportunity to visit Charles Dickens’ old home in London and watch the classic 1951, Alastair Sim’s version of “A Christmas Carol” – an unreal and haunting experience just to sit there and watch this picture in the same place where Charles Dickens would sit and write.

Our visit to the Georgian terraced house in Bloomsbury, was part of the Dickens’ Museum Christmas festivities and took place after hours, which really help set the scene. The Victorian writer’s house was authentically decorated for an 1838 Christmas and included a range of activities.

Our small party of guests was given free range to wander in the house and do their own thing but our night began by making a plum pudding in the washhouse by candlelight. Later in the evening we enjoyed carol singing around an old piano, adding to the genuine Victorian atmosphere of the evening.

48 Doughty Street, the beautifully restored London home of Charles Dickens, is an amazing place to visit at any time of the day.

Charles Dickens’s only remaining London family home was fondly referred to by Dickens himself as ‘My house in town’ is now the home of the Charles Dickens Museum. This is the house where some of his best-loved novels were written, including Oliver Twist. The collection of rare books, paintings, photographs and memorabilia on display here give a unique insight into the life and work of the author.

Post by Patrick James

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