by Cockney Robin | This illustration -- and the excerpt which follows -- is from A Christmas Carol. It made a deep impression on me as a child. I'm not a man of any religious belief, but this scene might be partly responsible for my progressive politics today. Dickens, whose books I started reading in my teens, had a significant role in correcting abusive aspects of his society.
Right, I can't say "God bless us everyone!" since I am not a believer, but I can say, "Let us keep Christmas in our hearts all the year round." I'm a soppy old git!