London Dickens Museum goes Christmasy

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Added On November 30, 2018

A new exhibition kicked off Wednesday at the London Charles Dickens Museum to mark the 175th anniversary of the publication of "A Christmas Carol," a novel by the great author.
 
The book is believed to have changed the nation’s way of celebrating the big day.
 
Around the time the book was first published, Victorian Britain rarely celebrated Christmas.
 
After its publication, however, bits of the book detailing Christmas celebrations have since caught the fancy of the British public and been reenacted for generations, such as families coming together for a big reunion dinner, exchanging gifts and not least, saying "Merry Christmas."
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH), PEN VOGLER, Guest Curator:
"One of the reasons we wanted to put this exhibition on over Christmas is, of course, Dickens most famous for a Christmas Carol and what he did with that book was quite extraordinary. He wrote about the food that people were eating around Christmas, turkey, goose, Christmas pudding and he anchored them to the day itself. And as a result of a Christmas Carol, it was so successful and so influential. People in Britain have been sitting down for Christmas dinner and sharing with the same food as a kind of national Christmas dish ever since."
 
The exhibition recreates a classic dinner scene in the novel of "A Christmas Carol." There is a table brimming with warmth, covered with beautiful silverware and accompanied with Christmas Pudding, traditional Mince Pies and other sweets.
 
According to the curator, Dickens saw sharing food as a symbol of love. Throughout of his life, he shared food and cared for the poor; and this is partly the reason Dickens wrote "A Christmas Carol."
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH), PEN VOGLER, Guest Curator:
"Well, for me, the highlight of this exhibition is this incredible dining room, because this is where Dickens in the 1830s would have had dinner with his family and with his friends. He had celebrated Christmas here. And we can see on the table what sort of dessert a family would have had in the 1830s. So, it takes you right back over 150 years to a period when food was quite different, but really delicious one."
 
The exhibition runs through April 2019.