Dickens wrote his "little carol" over the course of two months in late 1843. The book tapped into an early Victorian era interest in old, forgotten holiday traditions. The story of Scrooge’s conversion is one that Dickens hoped would resonate among humanity in light of the turmoil created by the industrial revolution. Dickens insisted that no way of life could be sound or rewarding if it ignored people’s need to love and be loved.