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This book actually talks about the background history to Cressmouth and how it became a Christmas village
It tells you of the people who were instrumental in setting up the various elements that produced the final village and the rationale for how it was set up – so for instance the villagers paid for a 100 years lease with no further rent with one Guinea. This ensured that no greedy landlord could impoverish them in the future.
It was also agreed that the food and entertainment and so on would be free to all, but when you take into account the amount of rent that they were going to charge for the Castle apartments, in fact the food and all the entertainments would be paid for with a hefty profit. Because every time they talked about the rent for the Castle apartments, the price went up, until it was over a year’s rent for a London town house. So this meant that if you could afford to rent one of the Castle apartments you got bragging rights, and your name would be inserted into the regular newsletters that was sent out by the Christmas owners and management, which therefore would bring in money, rather than paying out for adverts in other people’s newsletters.
There was also to be an annual edition which would bring out all the annual highlights, and would be charged for as a picture book that would be kept.
We know about the stringent terms on which the shops were leased from the previous story about the jeweller in which there were seven years to pay back the loan or you lost everything.
All of which meant that Christmas was profitable and yet appeared to be free for all to enjoy.
It was therefore organised so that the nobility and the rich paid up and those with no money paid nothing.
I’m going to give this one five stars because I like the rational of how Christmas was arranged. Below are the 12 books that complete this series.