A Victorian Christmas
My latest release, How To Woo… A Reluctant Bride, takes place in the summer of 1885, but since it’s now December, I got to wondering what Lydia and Evan’s first Christmas might be like. Many of our most treasured Christmas traditions – Christmas cards, lighted trees – didn’t become widely popular until the Victorian era, largely thanks to Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Caroland Prince Albert introducing German traditions to Britain, including the Christmas tree.
But back to Lydia and Evan. They could stay in town and celebrate quietly, but I think they’d hop on a train and go to her childhood home in the country. Thanks to Lydia’s marriage settlement, the Blatchford family fortunes are in better shape, so they will be celebrating in style this season. The manor house will sport wreaths and garlands of evergreen, holly, ivy and mistletoe.
If the weather is cold enough, there might be skating on a frozen pond or sleigh rides to the village or a neighbors’ house.
Cook will roast a fatted goose for dinner with all the trimmings, topped off by the traditional plum pudding. The servants will have to work preparing and serving dinner, but there will be treats for them, plus a day off on December 26 called Boxing Day.
In the evening, the family can gather around the piano while Lydia plays Christmas carols for all to sing. There are no little ones to dream of sugar plums yet, but next year things will be different. Lydia has a little secret to confide to Evan.
If you’re curious as to how Evan won over his Reluctant Bride, check out the excerpt on the book page.
My Question: Does Boxing Day take place on Dec. 26?
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