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The Man Who Invented Christmas – A Story of Charles Dickens and the Creation of A Christmas Carol

December 21st, 2019 Comments off

As many of you know, I am a huge fan of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I had been meaning to watch this movie for a long time, but when The Man Who Invented Christmas (IMDB) appeared for free viewing on the Kanopy service (available via the LA Public Library and others) it was a perfect opportunity and time of year to settle in with some coffee and cookies, nurse my Christmas cold and enjoy.

The movie is quite good and you hear some of the best lines in the book as it shows Dickens’ characters helping him create the story. Dickens’ real family and real history also become part of the story as he struggles with his own past and own issues as he writes. The movie stars Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey fame and Christopher Plummer delivers a great performance as Ebenezer Scrooge.

The Man Who Invented Christmas - A Story of Charles Dickens and the Creation of A Christmas Carol

This is the story of the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.

Nominated for Achievement in Visual Effects, Best Adapted Screenplay and Achievement in Make-Up at the Canadian Screen Awards.

“A surprisingly fresh movie about a story we all know very well.” – Peter Howell, Toronto Star


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Christmas Past – 20 in a series – Merry Christmas by John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra; Buck Ram; Bing Crosby; Franz Gruber; Walter Kent; Max Terr’s Mixed Chorus; Kim Gannon; Fred. E. Weatherly

December 20th, 2019 Comments off

Christmas Past – 20 in a series – Merry Christmas by John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra; Buck Ram; Bing Crosby; Franz Gruber; Walter Kent; Max Terr’s Mixed Chorus; Kim Gannon; Fred. E. Weatherly

Christmas Past - 20 in a series - Merry Christmas by John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra; Buck Ram; Bing Crosby; Franz Gruber; Walter Kent; Max Terr's Mixed Chorus; Kim Gannon; Fred. E. Weatherly

 



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Christmas Past – 19 in a series – Community Christmas Carols (1900)

December 19th, 2019 Comments off

Christmas Past – 19 in a series – Community Christmas Carols (1900)

Christmas Past - 19 in a series - Community Christmas Carols (1900)

Christmas Past - 19 in a series - Community Christmas Carols (1900)



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Pitcher Cocktail Recipe: Sparkling Rosemary Cider via Kitchn

December 18th, 2019 Comments off
This sounds quite tasty. I might make up a partial batch just to try it out before committing to serving it to others, though. — Douglas
 
Pitcher Cocktail Recipe: Sparkling Rosemary Cider via Kitchn
 
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Christmas Past – 18 in a series – A Vintage Christmas Card via Dave on Flickr

December 18th, 2019 Comments off

Christmas Past – 18 in a series – A Vintage Christmas Card via Dave on Flickr

Vintage Christmas Card

Christmas Past - 18 in a series - A Vintage Christmas Card via Dave on Flickr



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Christmas Past – 17 in a series – A booke of Christmas carols, illuminated from ancient manuscripts in the British museum (1846) by Joseph Cundall

December 17th, 2019 Comments off

Christmas Past – 17 in a series – A booke of Christmas carols, illuminated from ancient manuscripts in the British museum (1846) by Joseph Cundall

Christmas Past - 17 in a series - A booke of Christmas carols, illuminated from ancient manuscripts in the British museum (1846) by Joseph Cundall

Christmas Past - 17 in a series - A booke of Christmas carols, illuminated from ancient manuscripts in the British museum (1846) by Joseph Cundall



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Christmas Past – 16 in a series – Twas the night before Christmas; a visit from St. Nicholas (1912)

December 16th, 2019 Comments off

Christmas Past – 16 in a series – Twas the night before Christmas; a visit from St. Nicholas (1912)

Christmas Past - 16 in a series - Twas the night before Christmas; a visit from St. Nicholas (1912)



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Christmas Past – 15 in a series – Christmas Songs and Carols by Victor Mixed Chorus (1912)

December 15th, 2019 Comments off

Christmas Past – 15 in a series – Christmas Songs and Carols by Victor Mixed Chorus (1912)

Christmas Past - 15 in a series - Christmas Songs and Carols by Victor Mixed Chorus (1912)

Mixed Chorus with orchestra; “Christians, Awake !” – “Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem” – “God Rest You, Merry Gentlemen” – “The First Nowell” – “Silent Night”.

Digitized at 78 revolutions per minute. Three stylii were used to transfer this record. They are 2.3mil truncated conical, 2.8mil truncated conical, 3.3mil truncated conical.

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Christmas Past – 14 in a series – Vintage Christmas Tag via Dave on Flickr

December 14th, 2019 Comments off

Christmas Past – 14 in a series – Vintage Christmas Tag via Dave on Flickr

Vintage Christmas Tag

Christmas Past - 14 in a series - Vintage Christmas Tag via Dave on Flickr



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Christmas Past – 13 in a series – Hark! the Herald Angels Sing by Trinity Choir (1911)

December 13th, 2019 Comments off

Christmas Past – 13 in a series – Hark! the Herald Angels Sing by Trinity Choir (1911)

Christmas Past - 13in a series - Hark! the Herald Angels Sing by Trinity Choir (1911)

Christmas Hymn; Mixed Voices with orchestra.

Digitized at 78 revolutions per minute. Four stylii were used to transfer this record. They are 3.8mil truncated conical, 2.3mil truncated conical, 2.8mil truncated conical, 3.3mil truncated conical.

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