We are already in the last month of the year. One of the shortest yet full of so many holidays, joy, happiness and hopes for a better year. But have you ever wondered how Christmas story began? Now you will find out!
The Nativity of Christ is one of the greatest feasts of Catholics and Protestants, in general of all Christians celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. "Christmas" is derived from the Latin word "calendae" - "the first day of the month".
Although there were attempts and festivals to celebrate this holiday in the Middle Ages, it was not so popular. The Black Death (plague), the poverty, the feuds between the nobles and the constant wars ended the Christmas that everyone was celebrating. Already, ordinary and concerned people are out of their holidays. They just enjoyed the glare of the fires lighting their homes. Working-class poet John Clare said: "Christmas is welcome in every home and every hearth, we just have to welcome it." But what remains hidden to readers is the aristocracy and the elite who enjoyed the holiday, while the average (if any, at that time) working class was miserable.
It is believed that the official idea for celebrating this holiday was the great British writer Charles Dickens. It is no coincidence that he is called the "Father of Christmas." Even as a young child he enjoyed the snow. With the release of her first novel, A Christmas Song, and the depiction of snow-covered streets and houses, Dickens opened the door to this holiday on the Island. Even in the book The Pickwick Papers, the snowstorms of the Pickwick Papers are snowballing as part of the scene. Coincidence or not, 1836's Christmas was heavy snow. So much snow has accumulated that mail couldn't reach people. Interestingly, the book appeared a few days later, and so unknowingly readers began to associate the holiday with Dickens, as if the author had a vision of this snow. Thus, a book created a strong connection, between the great Christian holiday and the snow, which has not yet disappeared.
His book was intended for that time of year when the whole family gathers in front of the fireplace and shares the joy and thrill of the holiday. In spite of his wonderful works and admirers, the author remained firmly on the ground and was always interested in the fate of the most disadvantaged sections of society, of misery and poverty. He was the man who felt it necessary to emphasize these social problems and to show the huge gap between rich and poor. Maybe that's why his stories weren't printed before 1830. As much as the strongmen of the day tried, they failed to silence his cry for social inequality. Incidentally or not, at the time his books were published, reforms began in the UK, and this almost brought Victorian England into turbulent unrest.
Even the most striking characters in Dickens's novels are used today as a narrative in our speech. The notorious uncle Uncle Scrooge of Christmas Song is today synonymous with an old miser. Dickens is said to have "opened the door" to many laws still in force today - such as child labor law, working conditions in factories, treatment of the poor and sanitation. Thanks to his journalistic practice, Dickens was part of the debate during 1831 - 1832, which led to reforms in Britain and opened the door to modern democracy in the country.
Dickens himself was a talented writer who thought not only how to finish his novels, but also how to formulate them. Whether or not people consider Dickens the "father" of this holiday, it is through him that he rediscovered the power of his novels.