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A Dickens of a Christmas

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Posted 12/17/09 by mainline madelyn
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Whether you are hosting a Christmas Dinner for 2 or 100, make it special by hosting a Dickens Christmas Dinner with authentic Dickens family recipes.  You will find them at your fingertips on Dish and Dine.  You will need:
A bowl of unsteamed Christmas Pudding
A small notebook
A WOODEN spoon as only wood will conduct LOVE from your heart into the pudding
A dinner bell
A copy of A Christmas Carol
Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe as decorations  (There was no tree in 1843)
One to 5 people to read passages from "The Carol" between courses
A "bubbly" drink to offer people when they enter your home, stir the pudding, make a wish and sign the pudding book.
Starters or appetisers
A Fish or seafood course served with white wine and water
A turkey or goose with potates and greens served with red wine (claret was Dickens' favorite)and water
A Pudding and Dessert Course
A "Smoking Bishop"

There are five staves of The Christmas Carol.  The bell is rung and the lights dimmed before each reading and subsequent course"
Stave 1: A Reading from Marley's Ghost as appetizers are served while guest mingle
Stave 2: A Reading from the Ghost of Christmas Past as guests sit for the fish course
Stave 3: A Reading from the Ghost of Christmas Present, the turkey/goose/roast is paraded by the cook/chef as guests enjoy the main course.
Stave 4: A Reading from the Ghost of Christmas Future, the Pudding is paraded as guests enjoy the pudding and other dickens desserts if provided
Stave 5: Christmas Morning and Scrooge rejoices as the guests enjoy the Smoking Bishop

Alternatively,
*Games can be played after dinner, charades, for example
*Carolers can singer outside your door during the dinner
*Guests receive Dickensian hostess gifts as they bid farewell.  Examples are bags of holly, envelopes of red geranium seeds (The official Dickensian flower,) an instant photo of each guest stirring the pudding or a bag of roasting chestnuts.  I try to provide small china monkeys as Dickens always wrote with his china monkey on his desk.
* A "Surprise" guest can appear, Marley in Chains, A joyful Scrooge if you know any actors or want to be actors.

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Dec. 19, 2009 10:40 pm
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StoryLady dishes...

This is so great! Thank you SO much for sharing this. I want to try and do the whole Dickens Christmas dinner. I have always loved the Christmas Carol and this totally brings it to life in a new way!