Published in 1843, Charles Dickens' "ghost story of Christmas" helped to define the contemporary celebration of the holiday. CPR Classical's Jon Pinnow walks through Dickens' life and most popular Christmas story, with some expert assistance from cast and crew of the Aurora Fox Theater's 2012 production of "A Christmas Carol."

Detail of "Mr Fezziwig's Ball" by John Leech, from the first edition of Dickens' Christmas Carol published in 1843.