Tag: Christmas Eve

Christmas fun: Old Fashioned Parlor Games

What to do with company that comes for Christmas? What about some old fashioned parlor games? I love the holiday season, especially because it means I can have friends and family over. Occasionally, boredom can strike though and I find myself scrambling for something fun to do. With long winter nights with only candlelight to …

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Regency Christmas Traditions: Twelfth Night Revelries

  Who can resist a holiday party? During the Regency era, the party of the year would generally be held on Twelfth Night. Twelfth Night Revels Epiphany or Twelfth Night (Jan 5 or 6 depending on who was counting) was the exciting climax of the Christmastide season and a time for putting away social norms. …

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Regency Christmas Traditions: Ringing in the New Year

A number of traditions formed for celebrating the new year. Some varied by region or county. Family traditions for good luck prevailed over general social convention.      Some families gathered whomever was in the house in a circle before midnight. At the stroke of midnight, the head of the family would open the door and …

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Regency Christmas Traditions: Christmas Eve, Christmas and Boxing Day

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. Traditional greenery included holly, ivy, rosemary, evergreen, hawthorn and, bay leaf, laurel, and hellebore (Christmas rose). Christmas Rose Some households fashioned kissing boughs from evergreens and mistletoe, …

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Regency Christmas Traditions: Mumpers, Mummers and Sword Dancers

Amidst all the fun and frivolity of the season, charity also played a large part of the Christmastide season. In addition to the normal parish collections, an number of other seasonal opportunities for charity came during the Christmas season, including mumper, mummers and sword dancers.   St. Thomas Day The Feast of St. Thomas the …

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