Margaret Lane points out in her introduction to the Oxford Illustrated Dickens-Christmas Stories 'when he had a pill to offer he confected it expertly with spice and sugar.' Although subsequent Christmas books sold well at the time of their initial release, they have not enjoyed the staying power of A Christmas Carol. The Christmas books, particularly The Chimes, the Cricket, and the Carol, were the centerpiece of Dickens' public reading tours in the 1850s and 60s with A ChristmasCarol far and away the most popular with audiences. Dickens discontinued the Christmas books after The Haunted Man, devoting his 'spare' time to the publication of weekly magazines, Household Words (1850-1858) and All the Year Round (1859-1867), inwhich he included annual Christmas stories. These Christmas stories, together with the Christmas books, forever linked Dickens with the celebration of Christmas.