Donald Heinz writes,
The Cratchits’ simple but uplifting meal is the heart of Dickens’s Carol. The family comes together in want and sickness, but finds reasons to rejoice and even to toast Scrooge. The goose was small and so was the pudding, but Tim’s blessing and mother’s worrying and the family’s gratitude made it the perfect Victorian dinner scene. The Dickens dinner would birth public charity meals in England and the United States (Christmas: Festival of Incarnation, 135).
What has it been like for you to receive simple gifts of food from friends and family and neighbors at Christmas? What has it been like for you to gift food to others.