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Betty's Bright Idea; Deacon Pitkin's Farm; and the First Christmas of New England   By: (1811-1896)

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In "Betty's Bright Idea; Deacon Pitkin's Farm; and the First Christmas of New England," Harriet Beecher Stowe transports readers to a charming world filled with warmth, compassion, and the spirit of Christmas. Through a collection of heartwarming stories, Stowe creates a tapestry that interweaves the lives of ordinary individuals in 19th-century New England.

The book begins with "Betty's Bright Idea," a delightful tale revolving around the hardships faced by Betty and her family during the Christmas season. Despite their poverty, Betty uses her creative ideas to bring joy and light to her loved ones, emphasizing the power of kindness and resourcefulness in the face of adversity. Stowe masterfully captures the resilience and ingenuity of humble characters like Betty, making her story relatable to readers of all ages.

In "Deacon Pitkin's Farm," Stowe explores themes of redemption and the power of second chances. Through the character of Deacon Pitkin, a previously prosperous farmer who falls on hard times, the author skillfully tackles the moral dilemma of whether to cheat or maintain one's integrity during financial hardships. Stowe's ability to tackle these ethical questions with nuance showcases her deep understanding of human nature and the complexities of the human condition.

The final story, "The First Christmas of New England," provides readers with a historical backdrop, transporting them back to the Pilgrims' arrival in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Stowe beautifully captures the struggles and triumphs of the early settlers as they navigate the unfamiliar terrain of the New World. Through vivid depictions of their experiences during that first Christmas, Stowe portrays the resilience and determination of the Pilgrims, highlighting the importance of faith, community, and hope during challenging times.

Overall, Stowe's book offers a delightful escape into a world where heartfelt moments, moral dilemmas, and historical contexts seamlessly blend together. Her vivid storytelling and ability to breathe life into her characters make "Betty's Bright Idea; Deacon Pitkin's Farm; and the First Christmas of New England" a delightful read for anyone seeking an enchanting holiday experience and a gentle reminder of the values that stand the test of time.

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PITKIN'S FARM; AND THE FIRST CHRISTMAS OF NEW ENGLAND

BETTY'S BRIGHT IDEA

also

DEACON PITKIN'S FARM,

and

THE FIRST CHRISTMAS OF NEW ENGLAND.

BY HARRIET BEECHER STOWE.

With Illustrations.

1875.

[Illustration: The Children in the Churchyard.]

BETTY'S BRIGHT IDEA.

"When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men." Eph. iv. 8.

Some say that ever, 'gainst that season comes Wherein our Saviour's birth is celebrate, The bird of dawning singeth all night long. And then, they say, no evil spirit walks; The nights are wholesome; then no planets strike, No fairy takes, no witch hath power to charm, So hallowed and so gracious is the time.

And this holy time, so hallowed and so gracious, was settling down over the great roaring, rattling, seething life world of New York in the good year 1875. Who does not feel its on coming in the shops and streets, in the festive air of trade and business, in the thousand garnitures by which every store hangs out triumphal banners and solicits you to buy something for a Christmas gift? For it is the peculiarity of all this array of prints, confectionery, dry goods, and manufactures of all kinds, that their bravery and splendor at Christmas tide is all to seduce you into generosity, and importune you to give something to others... Continue reading book >>




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