Rosa Charles Dickens

‘Charles Dickens’, Floribunda, McGredy, 1970, photo ©RogersRoses

Charles Dickens published his classic Christmas story 165 years ago today on December 19, 1843. The full title A Christmas Carol In Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas tells the tale.

The orange pink blend Floribunda named for him has lovely brown tones at times. A low growing shrub it flowers well throughout the year.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, First Edition, 1843

Now all we need is to select your favorite movie version, a fire, and a frothy mug of eggnog to put us into the holiday mood. My grandmother’s receipt for eggnog was simple and quite satisfying: a good vanilla ice cream, nutmeg, and a generous shot of Bourbon whiskey, blend and serve. We called this concoction Ann’s “Bourbon Malt.”

Charles Dickens

The Young Charles Dickens

(Originally posted December 19, 2008)