'Household Christmas Carols' from Household Words


Charles Dickens edited the magazine Household Words from 1850-59. Shown here is a Christmas issue from 1850 containing a collection of carols from the imagined perspective of children with a range of disabilities. Although the overly sentimental tone of these carols may make the modern reader uncomfortable, in 1850 they may have been interpreted differently. At a time of vast extremes between want and privilege, the carols teach the Victorian reader that all children are equal in the eyes of God – and deserve to be treated equally by their fellow humans.

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'Household Christmas Carols'
21 December 1850, London
Household Words, Charles Dickens [editor]
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