Datebook: December 19 - A Christmas Carol Published 169 Years Ago

Dec 19, 2012

Charles Dickens captured the Christmas spirit on this day 1843 with the publication of A Christmas Carol, the story of Ebenezer Scrooge. It was an instant critical success, William Makepeace Thackeray called the book, "a national benefit to every man or woman who reads it." My favorite: Athenaeum declared it, "a dainty dish to set before a King."

It’s Wednesday, December 19

Adsmore House and Gardens in Princeton is decorated for the holiday season through December 29.  Journey back in time to Christmas Eve 1901 as the Smith-Garrett family celebrates their first Christmas in their new home.  Regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 to 4.  See more at

Free flu shots are available at the Angels Clinic, located at 1005 Poplar Street in Murray.  For more information, call (270) 759-2223 Monday through Thursday between 8:30 and 4.

The 2013 Murray Half Marathon offers a 13-week training program for all interested runners and walkers.  The program is designed to help runners of any skill and experience level train to run or walk the half marathon, the half marathon relay, or the 5K race.  Participants meet Saturdays at 10AM.  To register, call 270-762-1348.

See a complete schedule of our holiday programming at