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Pride and Prejudice Christmas Scene: First Footer at Longbourn

Mr. Bingley and his party have left Netherfield. Jane has gone to London with the Gardiners, but Mr. Bennet is determined to observe his New Year’s customs as usual. They all hope for a propitious first footer. Excerpt from: Darcy & Elizabeth: Christmas 1811 December 31, 1811. “Hurry along now, hurry along.” Papa ushered Kitty …

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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 usher out …

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Regency Christmas Traditions: Special Days of the Holiday Season

  Each year it seems we complain that the holiday season begins earlier and earlier with some shops bringing out holiday goods even in the last months of summer.   The holiday calendar during the Regency era was a little more clearly defined, with a very predictable set of dates and events for celebration. Holiday …

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