Dear Regency Enthusiasts,
Christmas in the 18th century was celebrated differently than we do today – and I find it very tempting. The celebrations extended over the traditional 12 days of Christmas, and it was a time of entertainment with evening balls, parlor games, and family parties. Christmas Day itself, however, would have been a quieter affair, with a visit to the church and a festive dinner in the late afternoon.
Homes were decorated with evergreen plants. The aromatic leaves of bay, rosemary, ivy and yew hung on fireplaces, while garlands, swags and wreaths made from holly were fixed to staircases. Mistletoe would only have been found below stairs because many churches frowned upon the use of it as a decoration (it was considered pagan and a bit risqué!)
Have a very Merry Christmas! May it bring you joy, happiness and many awesome Regency-Moments.
Anna M. Thane