He was 31 years old when this was published. He was already famous and successful for his serialized “The Pickwick Papers“. He had also written “Oliver Twist” and “Nicholas Nickleby” ahead of the “Carol“.
The publishers of the book timed it well. 6-days ahead of Christmas.
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Leap Years marked in grey.
Last time we had Christmas, i.e., December 25th, on a Monday was in 2006 — 11-years ago.
That is unusual, but not extraordinary. We get a 11-year gap, every 4th time around. The cycle as to when the same date falls on a given day (e.g., Monday) goes in 1 6-5-6-11 cycle. You can see that in the last image above — as to when Christmas has fallen on a Monday. So, it was 1989, 1995, 2000, 2006 …. and then 2017.
This 6-5-6-11 cycle has all to do with leap years. You can see that in the 2nd figure above.
After 1995 it was but 5-years because we had TWO leap years, i.e., 1996 & 2000. In each case we LEAPT over a day (which is why we call it a Leap Year, i.e., because we leap over a day, in the calendar). Because of the two leap years, the gap was only 5-days. Then, between 2000 and 2006 there was only ONE leap year. So we only leapt over one-day. The gap was thus 6.
Now look at what happened in 2012, which was a leap year. That should have been the Monday, but we skipped over that. Hence, the 11-year gap. Neato. This 6-5-6-11 cycle is inescapable and applies to all calendar events, birthdays, holidays, whatever.
Some of you may claim “but, didn’t we have Christmas on a Monday last year (2016), in 2011 and in 2005?” NO, you didn’t! Christmas, on those years, fell on Sunday. So, Monday was made a holiday. Big difference. OK?