December 11
December 11

December eleventh, Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol" (1843). Unitarian Charles Dickens impacted the way Christmas is celebrated today more than any other individual. "A Christmas Carol" has been credited with popularizing everything from turkey dinners and family gift exchanges to holiday bonuses. Less obvious but still immensely influential is book’s story of one man’s redemption, which Dickens pointedly shows being accomplished apart from the work of God or Church. So while it is a ghost story and Scrooge is helped by supernatural beings, the help itself is not supernatural at all. 

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  • Ralph is one of the creators of the Montessori-inspired curriculum Spirit Play, which is used by hundreds of UU churches across the us and canada. As an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister of Religious Education, Ralph led what had been one of the largest children and youth...

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