Macaulay Culkin in a still from Home Alone (1990).
For so many people, Christmas movies are a link with a happy and safe childhood home.
Guy Pearce stars as Scrooge, the merciless creditor.
Modern viewers: Scrooge doesn't discuss what he's learned or ask for redemption. He swiftly negates the life he would have led, had it not been for the ghostly interventions.
A still from the 1946 classic ‘It’s A Wonderful Life.’
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Holiday movies offer us a glimpse into how the world is could be, often in sharp contrast to our lives as they are. In that way, the annual act of viewing them is like a religious ritual.
Mr. Fezziwig’s Ball from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
Hand colored etching by John Leech
If it hadn't been for A Christmas Carol, the menu may well have centred on goose (or a boar's head).
The Victorian idea of Christmas pre-dates Dickens. What the writer did was bring an essentially rural celebration into an urban setting.
The search for the ‘ideal’ Christmas song crosses a very broad range of genres and artists.
From outright celebration, through charity to explicit political salvos – is there such a thing as the 'ultimate' Christmas pop song?
John Leech via Wikimedia Commons
The artist who illustrated A Christmas Carol was one of the best-known satirists of his time.
A Christmas Carol can be seen as a mirror to biblical parables.
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When writing A Christmas Carol, did Charles Dickens get his inspiration for Scrooge, Marley's ghost and Tiny Tim from the Bible?
Strawberry Santas are an adorable addition to the evolving traditions of Christmas food.
Christmas foods are evolving. Purists may sniff but what are traditional foods other than past trends that have stuck?
It’s often sold as the ‘happiest time of year’ – but not in classic Christmas tales.
Most modern Christmas films angle for comedy with a touch of schmaltz, but literary Christmases frequently tap into the anxiety and sadness that can accompany the "happiest time of year".
The new consumerism of Victorian England was going to change the old ways – for better and for worse.
In much of the English-speaking world Christmas dinner involves the consumption of turkey – but that was not always the case. The origins of this ritual can be traced back to the generous act of one Ebenezer…