A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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What atmosphere does Dickens create when he describes Christmas at the Cratchits?

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In this scene from the third stave, Dickens creates a warm, positive, and joyful atmosphere. This is created by highlighting the family's love and devotion to one another, as well as their appreciation for the Christmas meal.

For an example of love, take a look at Mrs. Cratchit's reaction to Martha's arrival. Although Martha is late, Mrs. Cratchit is described as kissing her a "dozen times" and removing her shawl with "zeal." She also invites Martha to sit by the fire, using words which emphasizes her love and affection:

Sit ye down before the fire, my dear, and have a warm, Lord bless ye.

In addition, although the family's finances are poor, they appreciate what they have. This is best shown by Dickens' description of the turkey:

Its tenderness and flavour, size and...

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