Charles Dickens wrote his original A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas in December of 1843, 177 years ago. The story, told in four acts, was born from Dickens’s visit to the Field Lane Ragged School, a facility for children who were unhoused, and his concern for how the British government and society treated the poor. Dickens initially intended the story to be more of a stinging commentary.