"Christmas time! That man must be a misanthrope indeed, in whose breast something like a jovial feeling is not roused - in whose mind some pleasant associations are not awakened - by the recurrence of Christmas..." Charles Dickens.
Charles Dickens wrote often about the meaning of Christmas to him. He often conjured up images of his surroundings, the tree, the presents and decorations, families and carolling. His images of Christmas are what many people think of as a traditional Christmas - stately decorated mansions, crackling fireplaces and voices rising in song.