A little Jane for the Holidays: Celebration and Giveaway — 45 Comments

  1. I had thought that Twelfth Night was celebrated on the evening of January 5, and then Epiphany on January 6. Did the Epiphany tradition of the King’s Cake with a crown (coin) baked in start after Jane Austen’s time? The one who had the coin in his/her slice wore a paper crown and had a year of good luck ahead. 🙂

    Our little Anglican Church in Southern California celebrates Twelfth Night with the burning of the greens, evensong, and then Christmas trifle and sherry. We play games and have general revelry. 🙂 When our kids were small, we gave just stockings on Christmas Day and gave the kids their big family gift on Epiphany. 🙂

    Thanks for the wonderfully informative post, and I wish you all a blessed Advent season! 🙂

    Susanne 🙂

    • PS This California girl would most like Mr. Darcy’s Pledge as I adore all of Abigail Reynolds’ books but can’t afford to buy the ones I can’t get through my library. I would also love the Jane Austen prints and Christmas cards.

      Actually, I’d love to have *all* of it except for Twelfth Night at Longbourne as I just won a copy last week and am already buried in it…. 🙂

      Cassandra 🙂

  2. I enjoyed reading the summary of the festive season. Thank iou for the informative post. I love how Christmas was celebrated in Jane’s time, with simplicity, compared to today. Socialization as the center. I finally know what Boxing Day is! Thank you for the post and for the generous give away.

  3. Thank you for sharing some of the past’s Christmas traditions. I’m familiar with them but of course I need to refresh my memory come December time. Thank you to all authors for their generous contribution. Good luck, everyone!

  4. I love this information. History is sort of my thing anyway, and to see it related to the Regency time period is so much fun (especially for Christmas time!!). Thanks for all you guys do. I wish everyone a fabulous holiday season!

  5. What an amazing bag of goodies! Thanks for the very generous giveaway and for kicking off the celebrations with all those delicious tidbits of Regency Christmas fun!

    • Oops, sorry, didn’t read the instructions. I live in the UK and I think I have all the e-books on offer (except those not released yet 😉 ) but I’d love to win any of the other goodies. Have a great run up to Xmas, everyone!

  6. live in Canada – and I am interested in Mr Darcy’s Challenge, and Mr Darcy’s Proposal –
    I actually don’t know anything about old fashioned Christmas and Twelfth Night as I don’t celebrate the occasion, though I am interested in reading about the subject

    meikleblog at gmail dot com

  7. What a great post! I thoroughly enjoyed `Twelfth Night at Longbourn` and remember many of these traditions in it! Thank you all for your generosity and wonderful prizes!

  8. They really had a quite a long holiday season compared to ours. Fascinating, Maria Grace!

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. Very generous everybody! US resident. I would love to win: The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen, Plains of Chalmette, Mr. Darcy Christmas Calendar or any of the non-book prizes.

  9. Thanks for sharing this post and giveaway! I am going to have to pay attention this year to ‘first footing’ and see what kind of luck I have in store for 2015, – New Year’s Eve is actually my birthday, So I may be the one stepping into my home 1st after midnight 🙂

    I am US and if I win a prize I prefer ebooks 🙂 Otherwise no preference.

  10. WHEW! What an extended holiday season for Jane. I think it would have become quite a blur.

    I live in Texas and have no gift preference as they are all EPIC!

  11. I love P&P especially Christmas theme ones. Can’t wait to read all the books, I’m adding some of them that are not already on my TBR list!

    Thank you for the giveaways!

  12. Very interesting information. Thank you for sharing with us. I enjoyed reading it. Sometimes I wish we had something like this!!!

  13. Very interesting summary of the holiday season. Thank you! I still get hung up on things like “stirring up puddings” that have to age a month before you eat them… that sounds like a questionable proposition for your stomach, especially before refrigeration!

  14. I love Abigail Reynolds books and WWMDD is my favorite of them. Of course, I already have it in hard copy and kindle versions but hey what’s a girl to do?

  15. Interesting post. Being from the US, I have always wonder how correct the depictions of the holiday season in Regency books actually are.

  16. Very interesting post! I looked up a recipe for ‘brawn’ – eeks, I would have to touch a pig’s head and cut it apart. Eww! I will stick to the Christmas pudding instead; sounds safer.

    I would love a copy of Jack’s new book, ‘Plains of Chalmette.’ Love the Cajun Cheesehead!

    ~ junewilliams7 {at} yahoo {dot} com

  17. I learn something new each time that I visit this blog. Christmas traditions are so interesting.

    I am from Canada, so I guess that makes me International! I would love to receive the ecopies of Mr. Darcy’s Pledge 1 & 2, unless you would like to send me a print copy of Mr. Darcy’s Christmas Calendar! Either one would be great! Thank you!

  18. Although I live in the U.S. now, I loved learning about European holiday traditions while living in Germany years ago. Thank you for sharing your research into Regency celebrations. Thanks also to all the authors for such lovely offerings. I’d love a copy of Mr Darcy’s Challenge or The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen, but really any of the gifts would be a treat.

  19. Austen Variations is the best blog ever…at least for me. All my other blogs are technical, stressful and boring. All of the authors are so nice and generous with their giveaways. I enjoyed the descriptions of the Christmas Traditions. Also really enjoyed 12th Night at Longburn. That entire series was excellent. Thanks for all the Holiday Cheer!

  20. I own Maria Grace’s book and found it fascinating. Because there are so many differences between how we celebrate the Holiday season in the U.S. and how the U.K. celebrates even now, I wonder what the differences were during the Regency. Down here in the New Orleans area, though, Twelfth night heralds both Epiphany and Mardi Gras season! Yes, the Big Easy is different!.

  21. puddings that age before Christmas dinner is just such a bizarre concept to me. We have a tradition in my family of giving a small gift on Christmas eve, which seems similar to the small gifts given to children in Austen’s time

  22. I live in the US. All of the prizes are fantastic & I would love any of them with the exceptions of the ebooks for 12th night, Mr. Darcy’s Pledge & Mr. Darcy’s Challenge because I already have them. Thank you for offering this give away.

  23. I’m international and here are my preferences from most coveted to the least:

    1) Mr Darcy’s Christmas Calendar
    2) The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen
    3) Mr Darcy’s Challenge
    4) Box of Jane Austen goodies
    5) The Plains of Chalmette
    6) Jane Austen Prints
    7) Jane Austen Christmas cards

    No audiobooks, please as I’m not a fan. And I want to thank all the authors again for donating the prizes.

  24. I live in the US. I would love Jane Austen Christmas Cards, Jane Austen Prints, Box of Jane Austen Goodies and no audiobooks please. A wonderful and interesting feature.

  25. Oh how I have often wondered about the Twelfth night traditions. I really love all the history behind them and would like to learn more. ebooks or regular books are good for me. I am also interested in… Mr Darcy’s Christmas Calendar
    3) Mr Darcy’s Challenge
    4) Box of Jane Austen goodies
    6) Jane Austen Prints

    I am in the US, thank you for this wonderful give away 🙂

  26. very informative! We missed stir it up Sunday, but I’m thinking of making a Christmas Pudding this year – unlikely from scratch. 😉

  27. Hi. Thanks for the wonderful post with the info and the giveaway. I am international, like reading ebooks on my kindle and i am interested in 1)Jane Austen’s Christmas, 2)Mr Darcy’s Christmas Calendar and 3) Holiday Man as i have already all the other books

  28. I always love the little gems in the stories that teach is about the regency era. This was fun to read and the contest is wonderful! I am looking forward to Mr. Darcy’s Christmas Calendar.

  29. Hi! What a beautiful giveaway! I’m French and you are very lucky to have so many books to read about Jane Austen’s stories. But France begins to translate some ones and French readers are really happy and I am!
    I dont know if for France it’s possible but I would like “The Persuasion of Miss Jane Auste”. It seems really interesting! Thank you for what you make!

  30. I loved reading all about the different traditions. Thanks for the giveaway. I am a US resident and I would love any of the prizes. tresha_7at msndotcom

  31. I would love to have Mr Darcys Christmas Calendar book or the journal set I think it is (bottom row in the middle) 🙂 They all are wonderful gifts though! Thank you 🙂

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