Next year it is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens and there are lots of events to celebrate this during 2012 (click the link to see more.
Love him or not, you cannot deny his influence on our experience of Christmas today, with the Victorian imagery and many brilliant versions of A Christmas Carol and Scrooge to watch. I ran into the Alastair Sim film a few days ago and I never tire of the story.
I am also looking forward to watching the BBC's Great Expectations with Gillian Anderson as Miss Haversham, starting on British TV next week. I was surprised by how much I loved reading it as a novel.
Charles Dickens had strong links to my home town Liverpool. Visiting it often, it is said that he loved the city and there are some streets in Toxteth named after his characters...Pickwick Street, Macawber Street, Dombey Street, Pecksniff, Nickleby, Copperfield, Dickens and Dorrit Street (where my Grandad lived when he was a boy!). A lasting testament to the authors regard for Liverpool.
It seemed right to include Dickens in this Christmas message.
Wishing you all a happy and peaceful Christmas