Everything you ever wanted to know about Christmas during the Regency. Charles Dickens was a child, Jane Austen was alive, the Prince Regent was known as "Prinny" to his friends, and hardly anyone had ever heard of "Santa Claus."
Linore Rose Burkard
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Christmas during the English Regency.
Here is a partial list of headings covered in the book:
# "Brightest and Best"
# The Season
# "Music on Christmas Morning"
# Christmas Merriments
# Going to Church
# More Comings and Goings
# Regency Diversions, Games, Occupations, (and much MORE), a list by "A Lady of Quality" (Author Alert! I've done the research, find it easily here.)
# Charities and Giving to the Poor
# Parlour Games, Explained
# The Christmas Feast and Other "Receipts" (Recipes)
# Did You Say, Pudding?
# The Desserts ("Middles and Sides")
# Christmas Day Breakfast or Brunch Bake
# A Bill of Fare for December
# Story Time
# Fireside Stories (Free Downloads--7 of them, and all marvelous)
# Home For Christmas
# Poem: "The Holidays"
# Children and Christmas
# Gather To The Hearth
# Heavenly Muses of the Regency
# The Mistletoe:(A Christmas Tale) by a lady (you won't believe who!)
# Bibliography, Shopping Links, Websites not to miss, and more!
And NEW this year (2008)
# Christmas at Carlton House (Celebrate with the extravagant Prince Regent)
# Detailed Index.
Something else you will like:
# Your purchase includes even more downloads than those mentioned, above, including a 48 page companion recipe book for easy printing and use of recipes. Some of the recipes are:
# Roast Goose with Baked Apples
# Duck in Guinness and Honey
# Broccoli Custard with Cheese
# Christmas Mornay
# Sugarplum Pies
# Olde English Plum Pudding
# Cranberry Cream Scones
# Maple Cream Scones
# Old English Trifle Recipe
# Old English Pub Spread
# And many more
Learn to set a Regency table for Christmas or any time of the year!
(Actually, or for your writing.)
Something ELSE you will like:
Your purchase of the Christmas Ebook includes ALL FUTURE editions that are printed electronically and published by Lilliput Press. (If I change publishers I can no longer guarantee this benefit. But each year I add more information to the already-stuffed pages of this gorgeous book, and you only have to pay once! Next year, your updated version will be free.)
How can I update a history book?
By getting my hands on new elusive Regency facts, tidbits, recipes, and more. I want to include as much as I can and satisfy even the most exacting readers.
In a Regency Christmas we see all the goodness of the old-fashioned ways of life, the quaintness of holly and candles and good, roaring fires in the hearth; the smell of wassail steaming in a large bowl over the grate, and the pungent aroma of the Christmas pudding and roast goose watering the mouth and filling the imagination. We see an emphasis on social interaction that is woefully absent today, in our world of home entertainment and personal PC's, and an excitement of the imagination and creative powers that most of us could not compete with nor aspire to. We see earnest prayer for the nation, and a reverence for the infant King that would astonish many today.
Despite the shroud placed on the holiday by earlier bans and contemporary agnosticism, Regency England did not neglect to celebrate Christmas. For the masses, it was a tempered form of celebrating, sobered by the repression of past excesses; and for many in the upper classes, it may have been just an excuse to keep up the good times. But during those turbulent years of Napoleonic threat and high-society excesses, the Season of Christmas was alive and well.
Now, as much as then, just as ancient winter solstice celebrations appealed to anyone during the dark and coldest months of the year, so Christmas still lends itself to the observance of all people, of any faith or persuasion, regardless of its Christian significance and meaning.