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Build a Dickens Christmas Village!
Scenes from Dickens' Classic Tale, "A Christmas Carol"
Almost everyone is familiar with the classic holiday tale, A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens in 1843. This is the story of a crochety, miserly old man who, on Christmas Eve is visited by the ghost of his deceased partner Jacob Marley and the three Ghosts of Christmas.
If you too enjoy the story, perhaps you would like to put together a Christmas Village with landmarks from the story such as Scrooge's house and the counting house where Bob Crachit toiled for a pittance. Below you can see some of the options available in this theme.
The Counting House
"Scrooge & Marley Counting House" depicts the fictional business that Ebenezer Scrooge ran. This brick building features an interior scene of Scrooge counting money and the hand-painted finish makes the building truly detailed. The Dickens' Village Series is designed and manufactured exclusively by Department 56.
Scrooge is visited by ghosts...
First, the ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marley, warns Scrooge that he needs to change his life or he will end up wearing chains similar to those he wears himself, forged from selfishness and greed.
The Ghost of Christmas Past then takes him back to his unhappy and poor childhood and shows him how his driving ambition for material wealth as a young man causes him to lose the love of his life and drives away his friends, leaving him alone as an old man.
Next, the Ghost of Christmas Present shows Scrooge the Crachit family celebrating with what little they have and rejoicing in their family togetherness.
Finally, the Ghost of Christmas Future shows Scrooge that he dies alone and no one mourns his death. In response, he pleads with the ghost, promising to honor Christmas in his heart.
When he awakens on Christmas Day, he displays generousity by sending a huge turkey to the Crachit family and visiting his nephew Fred. He gives Bob Crachit a raise in salary and became a benevolent and generous person.
A cornerstone of the Dickens' Village "A Christmas Carol" , this piece which was introduced in 1991 and continues to be a favorite among collectors. Lit with LED lights, this piece has an animated interior scene features the three Christmas Carol ghosts dancing around Scrooge. Designed and manufactured exclusively by Department 56.
West Lott Chapel
Dickens' Village Series steps back in time to the cobblestone streets, gas street lamps, and horse-drawn carriages of our 19th century Dickens' Village Series. Introduced in 1984, this series has many hand-painted porcelain pieces inspired by best-loved Dickens' novels including A Christmas Carol
This hand-painted piece depicts the home of the Cratchits in the well-known novel "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens'. Although the house is in slight disrepair, the loving family is shown in the window sitting down to their Christmas meal.
This countryside cottage is embellished with holiday greenery and a wreath on the front door. Crafted from porcelain, "Hollyberry Cottage" is hand-painted and featured a sclupted thatched roof. Department 56 designs and manufactures the Dickens' Village Series.
Abbey Lane Chocolates
Limited To Year 2007 Production. Set of 2 includes accessory, "Delivering Holiday Chocolates". Includes interior scene and lit exterior lights. Adapter cord with 3-volt bulb included.
Plumstead Market House
Visiting the market was a common activity during Victorian times. "Plumstead Market House" is a lighted porcelain building that features architecture unique to that tradition. The overhang of the building protected vendors from the elements and flowering baskets decorate the corner column. This building is hand-painted and designed exclusively by Department 56 for the Dickens' Village Series.
Must Have Christmas Village Accessory!
Bring your village to life with these characters from "A Christmas Carol"
Bob Crachit and Tiny Tim
Ever upbeat, Bob Crachit and Tiny Tim are rendered in hand-painted porcelain in this figurine. "Bob Cratchit And Tiny Tim" shows Bob carrying his sick child on his shoulders as a dog runs playfully beside them. This accessory is designed as part of the Dickens' Village Series which is produced exclusively by Department 56.
Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas
Many families read the Victorian classic "A Christmas Carol" each year. This accessory set of 4 figurines features Scrooge and each of the ghosts of Christmas in hand-painted porcelain. Part of the Dickens' Village Series, this set is a classic interpretation of Charles Dickens' classic novel. The Dickens' Village Series is designed and manufactured exclusively by Department 56.
Strolling Down Howard Street
A family is "Strolling Down Howard Street" in this porcelain accessory. The hand-painted figurine shows a mother and father and two children as they enjoy an afternoon out together. The details on this figurine are extraordinary, right now to the mother's period hoop skirt. The Dickens Village Series is designed and manufactured exclusively by Department 56.
A young Asian woman serves tea to a proper English gentleman. This hand painted porcelain accessory coordinates well with the new "Canton Tea Trading" (799910). Designed and manufactured exclusively for Department 56.
Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly...
The carolers of Christmas past debut in 19th century splendor, dressed in traditional English wares. The older gentlemen play instruments as an eager trio belts out holiday tunes from Dickens' time.
Get Your Hot Roasted Chestnuts!
The "Chestnut Vendor" is a porcelain accessory that depicts a mother and son purchasing a bag of roasted chestnuts. The hand-painted figurine also features a lighted lamp post that is battery operated. This figurine is part of A Christmas Carol Series, which is contained in the Dickens' Village Series, produced exclusively by Department 56.
Other Victorian themed items
"A Christmas Carol" 2009 Movie Trailer
The trailer for the new animated version of "A Christmas Carol" by Disney looks wonderful. The movie is set to release on November, 6, 2009.