The Battle Of Life

The Battle Of Life

Charles Dickens

With 10 illustrations. The only one of the five Christmas Books that has no supernatural or explicitly religious elements. (One scene takes place at Christmas time, but it is not the final scene.) The story bears some resemblance to The Cricket on the Hearth in two aspects: it has a non-urban setting and it is resolved with a romantic twist. As is…

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The Chimes

The Chimes

Charles Dickens

A short novel by Charles Dickens, written and published in 1844, one year after A Christmas Carol and one year before The Cricket on the Hearth. It is the second in his series of Christmas books: five short books with strong social and moral messages that he published during the 1840s.

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens

With 8 illustrations. Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean, miserable, bitter old man with no friends. One cold Christmas Eve, three ghosts take him on a scary journey to show him the error of his nasty ways. By visiting his past, present and future, Scrooge learns to love Christmas and the people all around him. This is part of the Christmas Books by Dickens.

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Christmas in Ritual and Tradition

Christmas in Ritual and Tradition

Clement A. Miles

With 21 illustrations, this is a study of the origin of modern Christmas in ancient pagan traditions, how the festival was adopted by Christianity, and its evolution through history. Miles includes descriptions of folk-lore related to the Christmas season from a wide range of European countries, including an extensive collection of folk songs.

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Christmas, Its Origin and Associations

Christmas, Its Origin and Associations

W. F. Dawson

This fully illustrated book looks at Christmas, it’s origins, how it has been celebrated during different periods of time, and how people from around the world celebrate it. With 13 chapters including, The Earlier Celebrations of the Festival, Christmas from the Norman Conquest to Magna Charta, Modern Christmases at Home, and Christmas under Charles the First and the Commonwealth.

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The Cricket on the Hearth

The Cricket on the Hearth

Charles Dickens

The Cricket on the Hearth is the third of Dickens’s five Christmas books. It tells the story of John Peerybingle, a carrier, who lives with his young wife Dot, their baby boy and their nanny Tilly Slowboy. A cricket chirps on the hearth and acts as a guardian angel to the family. One day a mysterious elderly stranger comes to visit and takes up lodging…

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The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain

The Haunted Man And The Ghost's Bargain

Charles Dickens

With 17 illustrations. First published in 1848, this is the fifth and last of Dickens’ Christmas books. This story is more about the spirit of the holidays than about the holidays themselves, harking back to the first of the series, A Christmas Carol. The tale centers around a Professor Redlaw and those close to him.

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The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

L. Frank Baum

Santa Claus, as a baby is found in the Forest of Burzee by Ak, the Master Woodsman of the World, and placed in the care of the lioness Shiegra. The Wood Nymph, Necile, breaks the law of the forest and takes the baby because she desires to raise a child of her own as mortals do, convincing Ak that since he made the law, he can allow an exception, and he agrees to have both Necile and Shiegra care for the baby. Necile calls him Claus

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