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The Origins of Boxing Day

Some suggest that the origins of Boxing Day can be found during the Victorian Era, but it appears to have begun much earlier.. “Good King Wenceslas Looked Out On The Feast Of Stephen” The traditional Christmas carol “Good King Wenceslas” points us to a 10th century start to the Boxing Day tradition. Wenceslas, a 10th …

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Christmas Pantomimes

Each year, Regency era British theaters prepared Christmas pantomimes (pantos) that would begin on Boxing Day and run as long as the audiences demanded them. These were not silent productions, but rather very verbal performances that included the audience as an extra character in plays bearing many similarities to modern burlesque. The Pantomime Tradition The …

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Regency Christmas Traditions: Christmas Pantomimes

Each year, Regency era British theaters prepared Christmas pantomimes (pantos) that would begin on Boxing Day and run as long as the audiences demanded them. These were not silent productions, but rather very verbal performances that included the audience as an extra character in plays bearing many similarities to modern burlesque.     Each year, …

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Pride and Prejudice Christmas Scene: Boxing Day Charity

Kitty experiences Boxing Day charity with the Gardiners. Excerpt from Twelfth Night at Longbourn The sounds of hungry children rising drove Kitty from her bed. After brief ablutions, she made her way to the morning room, work bag in hand. Her letter to Lydia balanced on top of the chemisette. Aunt and the children already …

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Regency Christmas Traditions: Christmas Eve, Christmas and Boxing Day

A full month of posts to celebrate the Christmastide season. Stories, traditions, recipes, videos, games and a giveaway to fill your Yuletide with Regency Era fun.       December 24th: Christmas Eve On Christmas Eve, the decorations and greenery were put up throughout the house. Bringing in greenery prior to Christmas eve was considered bad luck. …

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