Dickens did not like Calvinism.
He was a Unitarian bent on spreading his superficial morality. This was reflected in many of his works, including A Christmas Carol.
I had heard (from other Calvinists) that this story (and perhaps others) were caricaturing Puritans. Of course, being the skeptic that I am, I held this assertion in abeyance--until I googled this question a few days ago.
G. K. Chesterson clearly ties Dickens' two works--Copperfield and Little Dorrit--to Calvinism. Elsewhere, at Literary Encyclopedia, the article states: "A Christmas Carol, however, takes up a decisively anti-Puritan stance."
Hmm..Scrooge the hard-nosed Calvinist?
Well, perhaps A Christmas Carol should be boycotted by all decent Reformed folk! At least it might get the word "Calvinist" out into the public discussion of American life.
Nah, that's too much work. I'd rather read a good book or an enjoyable movie...mmm...what dvd is this?
"A Christmas Carol" ??