"Tis innocent mirth that gives Christmas its worth"—Father Christmas in a snowball, 1879 (via)
❅Victorian Wassail Punch
The wassail punch was traditionally served to carolling groups after their singing was done. They’d be invited into the Victorian home to warm themselves and drink from the wassail bowl. The recipes varied from family to family, but the most important element was that it be hot to get rid of the winter chill.
Ingredients : 6 small apples, washed, cores removed
1 litre/1 pint 15¼fl oz beer or cider
2 cinnamon sticks, crushed using a mortar and pestle
2 pinches ground cloves
freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
1 lemon, sliced
It’s not even December yet, but I’m sure some of you are already Christmas Carol-ed out.
Are you a devoted Dickens fan who says “bah! humbug!” to the thought of reading the story of Ebenezer Scrooge for the eight millionth time this year?
Have no fear! I’m here to help you detox from Dickens’ most famous story, with links to his lesser-known (but still delightful) other Christmas stories:
- The hard-hitting collection of London life in 1877 was taken by photography pioneer John Thomson
- Was one of the first photo projects to focus on working-class people and not the aristocracy or landscapes
Acclaimed actor and writer Simon Callow is to legally change his name to ‘Charles Dickens’, saying that ‘he might as well’.
Just ordered The Great Charles Dickens Scandal by Michael Slater, and am excited to read it! I haven’t bought a new Dickens-related book in a few months, and there are many new ones.
Sidenote: I work at my college’s library. Every year, the bosses purchase a new book for each graduating student worker to be put into the collection. The choices are based on the student’s interests/hobbies, and dedicated in their name. They selected this book for me — I guess word has gotten around!
A new study claims that Dickens and ‘the worst writer in history’ [Edward Bulwer-Lytton] are indistinguishable. That’s just plain silly.
A new study has found that people really are none the wiser about whether they’re reading a Charles Dickens masterpiece or one of the works of Edward Bulwer-Lytton, billed as ‘the worst writer in history
A letter written by Victorian novelist Charles Dickens documenting his first-ever novel is expected to fetch £400 when it goes up for auction. The beautifully written note accompanied the first-ever bound copy of Dickens’ first novel, the Pickwick Papers. Dated Monday evening, December 11 1837, the letter is written to his friend and later biographer John Forster, offering him a copy of the literature.
Charles Dickens ~ Vintage Post Card
Happy 201st birthday, Mr. Dickens!
Please, sir, have some more cake. (apologies for my atrocious lack of Photoshop skills)
Good to know we’re honoring the great author in a respectful way… *sighs*
The first statue of Charles Dickens will be unveiled in the city of his birthplace in June - defying wishes in his will for one not to be created.
For those readers who are all Christmas Carol-ed out, but still need a little Dickens in their life for the holiday, I give you:
- The Chimes (1844)
- The Cricket on the Hearth (1845)
- The Battle of Life (1846)
- The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain (1848)
Since A Christmas Carol (1843) was so popular, Dickens continued writing Christmas stories. These are his other four major Christmas books, which contain similar themes to the Carol. Merry Christmas, and enjoy reading!
“Understandably distraught when his beloved cat Bob died in 1862, the writer was eager to keep a visual memory on his desk. One of Bob’s paws was promptly stuffed and adhered to an ivory blade, which was engraved “C.D. In Memory of Bob 1862.”
There is a picture of said letter opener via the link. I’m still not quite sure what I think about it, but it seems entirely like a Chaz thing to do. Didn’t he also have his pet raven stuffed as well?
Was just about to post this article! The Raven Grip was also stuffed, and is now on display at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Rare Book Department. It’s pretty creepy to see in person (they also have plenty of other Dickens-related holdings).