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Charity at Christmas

The practice and ideal of charity have long been associated with the festive season – and this has been a recurring theme on this blog. Probably the most famous case of this comes from the book – not to mention … Continue reading

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Waifs and Strays at Christmas

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Claudia Soares, University of Manchester For many nineteenth-century voluntary welfare organisations, there was a competitive market to obtain charitable donations. As such, Christmas was framed as an important means to evoke compassion and a sense of moral obligation amongst potential … Continue reading

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Charity in the Novels of Charles Dickens

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Frank Christianson, Brigham Young University “What connexion [sic] can there have been between many people in the innumerable histories of this world, who, from opposite sides of great gulfs, have, nevertheless, been very curiously brought together?” Dickens spends several hundred … Continue reading

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Carols and Curry? Christmas in the Indian Mission Field

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Andrea Pass, University of Oxford It was certainly a far cry from turkey and plum pudding, a far cry from holly and mistletoe, and a far cry from candlelit carolling in a snowy English churchyard. For Christmas dinner in 1920, … Continue reading

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A Mission Christmas in Uganda

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Kathleen Vongsathorn, University of Oxford England has a history of Christmas charity dating back to the Middle Ages, and peaking in the late Victorian era.  When British missionaries and colonial families went abroad, they took with them these same charitable … Continue reading

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