Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843. This popular book had an extremely powerful infl uence in undermining opposition to Christmas, in England and New England. Dickens switched the focus of the holiday off of the pagan superstitions of this winter festival and put it rather on to the benefi ts of doing good. This well thought out story gave people a different point of view on Christmas. This was a turning point for the way Christmas was celebrated, changing it to a day devoted to giving gifts. The celebration of Christmas found new meaning and acceptance in a society that had formerly handled the holiday with mixed feelings - in the 17th century it had been banned altogether for its "heathen roots" by the Puritan government (see "History of Christmas" following).