Several Christmases ago, I wrote about A Christmas Carol for NRO:
Dickens wrote a number of highly regarded books — Bleak House, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities — but this brief one is his best known and best loved. It also single-handedly created a new genre of popular literature that still thrives today: the Christmas book. Recent bestsellers like John Grisham’s Skipping Christmas and Richard Paul Evans’s The Christmas Box owe everything to Dickens. There probably wouldn’t be a Grinch if there hadn’t first been a Scrooge.