Saturday, November 30, 2019

Coffee and a Classic: A Christmas Carol (+ The Scarlet Letter)

November's Coffee and a Classic Box came yesterday! I was so worried it wouldn't be delivered because we're under several feet of snow over here, but our mail carrier came through. I had been so concerned, in fact, that I shoveled a path across my lawn from the porch to the mailbox. But, when I got to the box, I realized it had likely been a fools errands because there was a small snow embankment between the mailbox and the street thanks to the dang snow plows. I know they keep people safe by clearing the roads, but they make it harder for us by plowing all that snow right on to our property. But, I digress, the box came and it is lovely!

This month's book is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. My first box from them last year was a Dickens book, so this is pretty special. As always, the box is beautifully curated, this time in lovely Christmas colors. The only thing missing from the picture of the box was the snack, a whoopie pie, not because I ate it, but because Matt did. It was coated in candy cane and I am allergic to mint. Otherwise, everything that came in the box is pictured here. 

This book is so lovely. The cover is that buttery soft leather-ish material and the red embossed letters are a little bit glittery. Hard to capture that in a picture, but I certainly tried. It's a Word Cloud Classics edition and includes not only A Christmas Carol, but four other Christmas tales by Dickens. I'm not a huge Dickens reader, so much to my chagrin I had no idea he had written five Christmas stories! 

The bookmark included is one of those lovely thinly sliced wood bookmarks. I love the quote and the little picture on the bookmark. You can't see it in this photo, but the green ribbon at the top says "Dickens A Christmas Carrol" in silver script. 

This is probably my favorite piece in this box, other than the book. It's normally the mug, but this time I'm won over by the charming Bob Cratchit & Tiny Tim ornament.

I put it on my tree straight away, Very hard to capture because it has a clear plastic cover, but it's adorable and makes my Christmas tree just that much more special this year. I was a little worried it would be too heavy, but it's just right. It also has a little stand on the back that flips open if I had wanted to stand it up on a table. Since most of our ornaments are bulbs and icicles, and aren't particularly unique, this has me inspired to begin collecting ornaments with a bit more character.. pun not intended. 

I was a little scared about this candle, y'all. I opened it up, expecting it to smell like a pine tree, and to my surprise it smells absolutely lovely! I believe it does have a pine layer, but the overall effect is quite nice. It's pretty Christmas colors, smells nice, and has a cute little drawing of Tiny Tim.

This Pecan Pie hot cocoa comes from McStevens. I haven't tried it yet, but I just love the packaging. Since I have really enjoyed every one of the cocoas from McStevens, I imagine this one will be no different. Did I mention before that I'm saving all the packages so I can frame them and hang them in my kitchen? I just need to figure out what size frames will work best. 

Isn't this pretty?! I absolutely love it. It's a little dusty from the box filling, but I'm going to have my first cup of Pecan Pie cocoa in this mug as soon as I'm done writing this post. The quote, "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year," is just perfect! 

My overall impression of this month's box is fantastic. The colors, the contents, the lovely book. They out did themselves this month. I'm not eagerly awaiting the sneak peek for next month. I can't wait to see what they came up with for December!

A note on last month's box (October)...

October's box was Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. This is most of the box's contents pictured above. I didn't get a chance to take pictures of each individual item. The cocoa was delicious and the mug was huge, which was especially nice. I haven't had a chance to try to the syrup yet, but I'm sure it's delicious. 

The contents of the little burlap sack include a pine scented oil and a small tea light candle. This would make more sense if the oil burner that also came in the box hadn't been smashed into pieces. The oil is also extremely strong, so it will be staying in the little sack. 

Overall, though, the box was just as lovely as they all have been!

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