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Charles Dickens FestivalTM

November 30-December 2, Historic Camden, SC

The 2018 Charles Dickens FestivalTM will be held on November 30-December 2 at Historic Camden in Camden, SC. Vendors, crafters and artists will be located in and around the historic McCaa's Tavern. Held in conjunction will be the Camden SC Comicon There will be fun for all ages in this picturesque and historic town located in the heart of South Carolina, only 20 miles from the state capital of Columbia. Please note this is a rain or shine event - no cancellation.

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TIMES, DATES, LOCATIONS

  • Friday November 30
    • 10:00AM to 6:00PM - Dickens Christmas Market at Historic McCaa's Tavern and Joseph Kershaw House
      • Vendors, crafters, artists and Charles Dickens Christmas period musical entertainment. We are the PERFECT place for you to complete your holiday shopping!
      • Art Exhibits with local and regional artisans Featured artist: Dot Goodwin
  • Saturday, December 1
    • 10:00AM to 6:00PM - Dickens Christmas Market at Historic McCaa's Tavern and surrounding area
      • Vendors, crafters, artists and Charles Dickens Christmas period musical entertainment. We are the PERFECT place for you to complete your holiday shopping!
      • Art Exhibits with local and regional artisans Featured artist: Dot Goodwin
      • Meet Charles Dickens! Charles will be around delivering jokes and lotsof entertainment.
    • 6:00PM to 6:30 PM - Charles Dickens Tribute begins at the second floor balcony of the Kershaw House.


Vol. 1, No. 1 - October 1, 2018.

Charles Dickens and our "Traditional" White Christmas"

Charles Dickens as frequently been described as "the man who invented Christmas," or more precisely the popular culture phenomenon that surrounds it. While Prince Albert is often credited with the revival of Christmas and the introduction of the Christmas tree, many believe that Dickens' popular depictions of the festive period became a blueprint for generations to come.

Perhaps the white Christmas we know here in the United States was ultimately popularized in the 1954 movie "White Christmas," starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kay, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. At the end of the movie, Bing begins singing Irving Berlin's song, "White Christmas" just as snow begins falling in Vermont. However, by that time, the song we know from the mid-fifties was almost thirty years old itself! Bing first sang "White Christmas" in the 1942 movie "Holiday Inn." Crosby performed it again in the 1946 film "Blue Skies." As much joy and cheer that has been brought to us from Berlin's great song, it is very possible the song might have been written to remember a very sad occasion. Composer Irving Berlin's 3-week-old son, Irving Berlin Jr., died on Christmas Day in 1928. Every Christmas, Berlin and his wife would visit their son's grave. Jody Rosen, author of "White Christmas: The Story of an American Song," told NPR that the song may have been Berlin's way of responding to his son's death.

The idea of a snowy and white Christmas season is today not the most common experience in the United Kingdom. However, a snowy and white Christmas is part of Dickens' A Christmas Carol as if it happened each and every year. Why? Well, it did happen that way for Mr. Dickens! In his Dickens biography, Peter Ackroyd wrote: "In view of the fact that Dickens can be said to have almost singlehandedly created the modern idea of Christmas, it is interesting to note that in fact during the first eight years of his life there was a white Christmas every year; so sometimes reality does actually exist before the idealised image."

Writer and renowned Dickens expert G.K. Chesterton aptly summed up how Dickens's romanticized view of Christmas has permeated throughout the world: "Whether the Christmas visions [from "A Christmas Carol"] would or would not convert Scrooge, they convert us."

Next time, we talk more about popular Christmas, detailing Nicholas, the origin of Santa Claus and the Krampus. We look forward to seeing you at the Charles Dickens Festival and the International Krampus Festival on November 30-December 2 at Historic Camden. Check us out at CharlesDickensFestival.com!

References for this article include

  • https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-16184487, Charles Dickens: Six things he gave the modern world, By Alex Hudson, BBC News Magazine, 15 December 2011
  • Wikipedia
  • iMDB.com


PURCHASE TICKETS
Kids under 12 are free

Charles Dickens Festival 2018