We celebrate the holidays with a three-course feast for the mind. Like Scrooge, Charles Dickens knew the value of a penny. Annette Federico (James Madison University) looks at the circumstances under which Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol and four other Christmas books. Then, Randall Bedwell talks about the “Dickens of the South” and other little known facts about Christmas below the Mason-Dixon.
Also: Did the Star of Bethlehem really exist? And what will we find in our heavens during this holiday season? Astronomer Bruce Hanna (Old Dominion University) peers into the skies for answers.
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