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Charles Dickens Christmas Classics

Charles Dickens Christmas Classics

Charles Dickens Christmas Classics Collection

Charles Dickens Christmas Classics include Mr. Dickens first five Christmas stories plus a free bonus short story called A Christmas Tree. True classics! Each story is its own PDF file.

This set of Charles Dickens Christmas Classics comes free with the purchase of any Christmas Gift Box or Gift Bag Template download purchase. Those items are:

The e-books are all in PDF format, which is compatible with just about any device. Free PDF readers are available on phone apps and software on personal computers. Nooks work with PDFs, too. There are six PDF files total, as described below. In them, you’ll get all 5 of Charles Dickens’ Christmas stories plus a bonus short story called A Christmas Tree. All 6 e-books will be available for you to download as soon as your payment is processed. The e-books will be contained in a zip file for speedy downloading.

To navigate the e-books, simply use your bookmark feature in your PDF reader.

About Charles Dickens Christmas Classics

A Christmas Carol was first published in 1843. The Chimes appeared the following Christmas and The Cricket on the Hearth, written in 1845, was published in 1846.

Between 1843 and 1848, Dickens wrote five novellas or long short stories that he published at Christmastime (A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, and The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain). The stories are not merely set at Christmas or the New Year’s holiday but contain themes the author felt were particularly appropriate to the season.

While Christmas celebrations predate Dickens and there existed before him a tradition of telling ghost-tales at Christmas and the turn of the year, Dickens breathed a new and unique vigor into these celebrations and traditions that carry forward to this day. He wrote other ghost stories, almost all of which are spoofs or farces, but in his Christmas books allowed supernatural elements a power to awaken characters and readers from their social misanthropy.

1. A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol was the most successful book of the 1843 holiday season. The book is as popular today as it was over 150 years ago. Charles Dickens, through the voice of Scrooge, continues to urge us to honor Christmas in our hearts and try to keep it all the year round.

2. The Chimes

The Chimes, is a short novel by Charles Dickens and was published in 1844. This is one among the novels in his Christmas Series, which spreads out a strong moral and social message.

The title of the novel was finalized when Dickens, happened to hear the bell at the church when winds were there and he instantly named his novel as ‘The Chimes’. The story is basically about a dream seen and the confusions that happening in the dream.

3. The Cricket on the Hearth

The Cricket of Hearth is yet another Christmas novel of Charles Dickens which was published in 1845 by Bradbury and Evans. This novel has had many criticisms yet, was chosen for many plays across Britain and America and was also the basics for at least two operas. This novel relates about a Cricket which constantly chirps sitting on a hearth in garden and acts like a guardian angel to a family.

4. The Battle of Life

This novel basically depicts the battles one faces in life and winning them. Unlike his other stories, this does not have any supernatural reference. The story is basically divided into three parts. This story in some manner is similar to The Cricket on the Hearth and has a happy ending too.

5. The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain

This is Charles Dickens fifth and last novel in the series of the first one being the famous “Christmas Carol”. The novel actually portrays the holiday spirit that is prevalent in all the individuals.

Professor Redlaw is the character around which the story revolves who is always immersed in his past and no matter how much he tries, he can never forget his past. Now enters the ghost in the plot and in the Professor’s life.

BONUS: A Christmas Tree

Dickens helped to invigorate 19th century Christmas celebrations with several short stories and his infamous novella A Christmas Carol (1843). He published this story in his twopenny weekly magazine, Household Words in 1850. It’s told by an old man reminiscing about Christmases past, beloved toys, and what we would call “gothic” stories he remembered hearing as a child.

See also: Christmas Carol and Holly and the Ivy DVD Set

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Charles Dickens Christmas Card
“A Merry Christmas to everybody!
A Happy New Year to all the world!”

You may also enjoy the story behind the beautiful Christmas song, Silent Night.

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Farm Made Cocoa Recipes from Hershey’s

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Farm Made Cocoa Recipes from Hershey’s

From Hershey’s “Made On The Farm“, a recipe booklet published in 1915, a host of delicious farm made cocoa recipes published for the public.

Farm Made Cocoa Recipes

Farm Made Cocoa Recipes in Text Form

Typed up and tidied-up by yours truly for easier reading, copying and pasting!  These are all in the public domain, so you are free to share as you please. There are nine Farm Made Cocoa Recipes in total and an optional bonus for you at the end. 🙂

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Cocoa SauceCocoa Sauce Farm Made Cocoa Recipes

Ingredients
2 ounces Hershey’s Cocoa
1 pint water
1 pound sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions
Make paste of cocoa with part of water. Add entire quantity of water and boil 3 to 5 minutes. Add entire quantity of sugar, dissolve thoroughly and remove from fire. When cold, add 2 teaspoonfuls of vanilla. Serve on puddings or ice cream.

Cocoa Cake

IngredientsCocoa Cake
1/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2-1/2 tablespoons Hershey’s Cocoa
1-1/2 cup flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup sweet milk

Directions
Cream the butter and sugar gradually, then add eggs well beaten. Make past of cocoa by adding milk. Mix baking powder with flour and sift. Add salt and vanilla. Turn into a buttered and floured cake pan and bake in moderate oven for 45 minutes. Cover with ice cream frosting.

Cocoa Cream Pie

Ingredients:Cocoa Cream Pie
1/2 cup Hershey’s Cocoa
1-1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 cups milk
3 eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions
Mix cocoa, cornstarch, yolks of eggs, salt and milk. Cook until thick. Stir constantly, add flavoring and pour into a baked pie crust. Cover with a meringue made by beating the whites of eggs until stuff and adding two tablespoons of brown sugar. Brown in oven.

Devil’s Food Cake

IngredientsDevils Food Cake
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sweet milk
Yolks of 3 eggs
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 cup Hershey’s Cocoa
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sweet milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions
Boil the first six ingredients gently; cool. When cool mix the last four ingredients – cocoa, brown sugar, sweet milk and vanilla – into boiled mixture. Bake in slow oven (325 degrees) until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Baking time will depend on pan used. Go with 8-inch layers or a 9×13-inch baking pan and adjust accordingly.

Cocoa Fudge

IngredientsCocoa Fudge
4 ounces Hershey’s Cocoa
4 cups sugar
2 cups milk
Butter size of an egg

Directions
Place cocoa into sauce pan and rub into smooth paste by adding part of milk. Add 4 cups of sugar, piece of butter and all of milk except 1/2-cup. Place on fire and boil. Then add 1/2 cup of milk and cook until it forms a soft ball when dropped into cold water.

Take from fire, add vanilla and beat until it is just thick enough to pour into buttered tins. By adding 1/2 cup of milk last you will find fudge to be free from grain and to be nice and smooth. When cool, score into blocks 1-inch square and break.

Iced Cocoa

Ingredients and DirectionsIced Cocoa Beverage
Make a heavy syrup by mixing thoroughly 1-cup Hershey’s Cocoa and 2 cups sugar. Add enough water to make a paste, then stir this into 2-cups of boiling water and let it boil for 6 minutes. Remove from fire and add a pinch of salt. When cool put into glass jar and place in refrigerator. This enables you to serve instantly a cool, refreshing drink by using a tablespoon of syrup in a glass, a small quantity of cracked ice, and fill with milk, or one-half water can be used with good results. This is a very nourishing and healthful drink for children.

Cocoa Syrup for Ice Cream Sundaes

Ingredients and DirectionsCocoa Syrup for Ice Cream Sundaes
For 1 pint of syrup, use three heaping teaspoons of Hershey’s Cocoa and mix thoroughly after adding enough cold water to make a thick paste.

Add this to 1/2 pint of boiling water and boil for about 6 minutes, then stir in one and two-thirds cup of sugar. Remove from fire again boiling one minute. Add a pinch of salt. Keep in a cool place.

Cocoa Icing

IngredientsCocoa Icing
2 ounces Hershey’s Cocoa
Pound of confectioners’ sugar
Piece of butter size of a walnut
1 teaspoon vanilla
Boiling water

Directions
Place cocoa into saucepan. Add enough boiling water to make a paste. Add sugar, butter and vanilla. Rub into smooth paste and ice cake.

Hershey’s Cocoa for Hot Drink

Ingredients and Directions
For each cup use 1-teaspoon of Hershey’s Cocoa, 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1/2 cup of hot water. Mix cocoa and sugar. Add sufficient water to make a paste. Stir this into the water and let it boil for 4 minutes, then add the same quantity of hot milk as water used, and it is ready to serve. A pinch of salt added improves the flavor.

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Hersheys Cocoa for Hot Drink

I hope you’ve enjoyed these Farm Made Cocoa Recipes as much as I have! Perhaps you’d also enjoy the post on Making Hires Root Beer.

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Her Little Book

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ANN: And Her Little Book

American Sunday School Union, Philadelphia, PA, 1800’s

Following is a wonderful story that was put out in the 1800’s by the American Sunday School Union. A faith-based story that still rings true for Christians today, this short story can inspire and delight any child (of any age).

Founded in 1824 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the American Sunday School Union (ASSU) had as its mission the promotion of Sunday schools and early literacy and the spiritual development of children.

The ASSU was a significant publisher and provider, of books and periodicals for children and played a role in shaping the direction of 19th century children’s literature in America.

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Ann was a little girl, who loved her book; and so she soon learned to read. A nice book was given to her at Sunday School, and when she went home, she sat on a little bench and read it to her parents; they were glad to have so good a child, and Ann was happy, as all children may be, who love to please God by trying to be good. Turn the leaves of this book and and see what Ann read.

Rose Flower

An R and O and S and E, Spell the flower which you here see.
Now when you pull a pretty ROSE from the green bush on which it grows,
Then say how very kind is HE,
Who makes the flowers and blesses me.

Bee Hive

With H and I and V and E,
Spell the HIVE of the busy bee,
Which sucks the honey from the flower,
And never spends and idle hour.
Children, try and be busy, too
And seek some use in what you do.

Ark

With A and R and K, now spell  ARK.
Once a very great rain fell;
But because Noah was very good,
The ARK was his home in the flood;
When the flood was gone see Noah raise
His hands, the great, kind God to praise.

A, G, I, R and L,
Are the letters A GIRL will spell.
Now no this little picture look,
And see a girl with her book,
Sitting by a kind mothers side,
She wants to know why Jesus died.

The Bible

Her mother says, this book will tell
And so we all should love it well.
B and I and B, L, E,
Are letters we should like to see;
For they spell BIBLE, which God gave,
To tell how Jesus died, our souls to save.

Ann Learns to Read

 

You may also enjoy the Tom Steady children’s Christian book.

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Tom Steady Christian Children e-Book

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Tom Steady, A Pretty History for GOOD CHILDREN

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Tom Steady, A Pretty History for GOOD CHILDREN

This is a cute, Christian story about a fictional character named Tom Steady – a good boy. The book encourages children to be good,loving people, to listen to their parents and teachers and does so with Biblical references. Great for Sunday School teachers or church youth groups.

The exact year of publication is uncertain, but it is known that this series was published between 1833 and 1845 by the American Tract Company.

From the first page:

“This is the cottage where Tom Steady lived. I am going to tell you his history. In the first place, I have to say that he was kind to his sisters. When little boys are kind to their sisters, I have always found that little girls tried to make their brothers happy. ‘He that loveth God, loveth his brother also.'”

This e-book has been adapted from the original series put out in the mid-1800’s. The original book is now part of the public domain.

This version has been completely retyped and created with modern digital means for a more palatable read. The illustrations are original. However, they have been digitally altered slightly to correct blemishes and make them more pleasing to the eye. You can still see that the illustrations are very old.

In the grand scheme of life, the goodness encouraged by books such as this is treasured and timeless.

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You may also enjoy Her Little Book.

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Paleo Blueprint e-Book Freebie PDF

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Paleo Blueprint e-Book Freebie

The paleo blueprint e-book is, in essence, an eight page e-book that gives a good crash course in the paleolithic diet, also known as the cave man diet.

Gastroenterologist Walter L. Voegtlin first popularized the Paleo diet in the 1970’s. He argued in, “The Stone Age Diet,” humans as carnivores, chiefly needs fats, proteins and a small amount of carbohydrates for optimum performance. For the last 30 years, obesity has been increasing in the United States.

Our modern diets are laden with preservatives, processed sugars, and fried foods. Today’s health crisis has led to a renewed interest in Voegtlin’s tested approach to healthy living.

Paleolithic recipes are: grain-free, bean-free, potato-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free.  It is, as mentioned, often referred to as a “raw diet” or the “Caveman diet”.

Ingredients used in  a paleolithic diet are: Meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, nuts and berries.

This free blueprint gives you a crash course on practicing a Paleolithic style diet. But you’ll learn all of this in a very short time with our 8-page e-book that includes handy reference charts and basic guidance for practicing this dietary lifestyle.

Contents

  • What is the Paleo Diet?
  • Benefits of the Paleo Diet

Diet Basics

  • What to Eat
  • Foods to Eliminate
  • Tips for the Paleo Lifestyle
  • Paleo Friendly Desserts
  • Conclusion

Just click on the button below to download the free e-book. No catch, no strings, just a good-old-fashioned freebie from good-old-fashioned people.

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Paleo Blueprint e-Book

You may also enjoy our free, printable recipe cards.

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