Celebrate ‘A Jane Austen Christmas’! — 39 Comments

  1. So wonderful to have more info on regency life, I already have an ebook copy of “Twelfth Night at Longbourn”, which I Have enjoyed, but I certainly am interested in your new book, too. Thank you so much for sharing so much with us!

  2. I am thus far immensely enjoying learning how the holidays were celebrated in Regency England. I have always loved history….pre 1900…& although my college major was elementary ed. I chose to minor in history. As I already have both as ebooks, please do not enter me in the drawing. 🙂

  3. When I was young, we had a book about Swedish Christmas traditions (that is where one set of grandparents were from) that only came out when we would decorate the house on my birthday. It was one of my favorite books., and our family followed many of the traditions. Then, I got married and my traditions changed–not that I miss the lutefisk! And I enjoyed my first visit by the mummers (arranged by my in-laws the first year I visited for Christmas.) I love learning of Christmas traditions and look forward to reading your book–perhaps it could be my new birthday book. 🙂

    By the way…loved reading (and rereading) Twelfth Night at Longbourn. I’m sure it will be coming out for another read during the holiday season. 🙂

  4. I have Twelfth Night at Longbourn both as ebook and audiobook so please don’t enter me for that one. I really enjoyed listening to the audio – it whiled away a good number of boring commuting hours hours earlier this year.

    Would love a copy of your new book, though, Maria. Your foray into non-fiction sounds fascinating.

    Our main Christmas tradition has arisen since our son was born, nearly 22 years ago. We always put our tree up on his birthday, November 30th, and put the lights on it. Then the other decorations go up over the next few days. My husband started this the day our son was born. After he left us in the hospital after a very late night (son was born at 12:14am), and a few hours sleep, he got the tree and lights out (we have a lovely artificial tree as we can’t have a real one in our house for various reasons) so that they were ready for us when we came home.

  5. What a wonderful early morning surprise. I awoke early this morning much as Kitty did and made my way to the computer to read the overnight emails and there you were with this snippet of your Regency Christmas traditions with some of my favorite people, the Bennets and the Darcys. I have not read either of these two books of yours (though I’ve read several others) but I am anxious to now. Thank you, Maria, for the glimpse you’ve offered into a Regency Christmas.

  6. I have Twelfth Night at Longbourn and enjoyed all the Christmas traditions in it. Christmas traditions tend to change once the children leave the house and move away. We celabrate all of ours only about once evey 5 years now. Maybe I will find some “new” traditions for those Christmases for all the years when it is just two. Thanks for a lovely excerpt…I enjoy reading them to keep the books fresh in my mind.

  7. It’s always so much fun to read about different Christmas traditions throughout history and around the world. “Regency Life: Christmas Traditions” is definitely on my wish list!

  8. I think I need to go back and re-read this series soon. Love the excerpt! Traditions and history of all kinds are so fascinating to me, I must have all things Jane and Christmas is my favorite time of year so this new book is the trifecta! Congrats ma’am!!

  9. I have Twelfth Night at Longbourn too so I dearly wish I could win A Jane Austen Christmas. Thanks for taking the time to compile all research tidbits on Christmas traditions and put all or most of them in a book. And congratulations on the release of your book, Maria.

  10. I also have Twelfth Night at Longbourn and enjoyed reading it and like the others will have to go back and read it again. we have forgone a tree, since mischievous cats climb it, so I have a Christmas Tree wall hanging that I made that we use. Today is my 36th wedding anniversary..

  11. I loved Twelfth Night at Longbourn. I’m looking forward to reading A Jane Austen Christmas and would love to win a copy!

  12. Thank you for the excerpt; Twelfth Night at Longbourn is definitely going on my wish list! I would love to read about the Regency Christmas traditions as well….Regency Christmas novels are my favorite.

  13. I love the excerpt! I have never seen a kissing bough in real life, though when we were kids, my parents had plastic mistletoe they hung everywhere. 🙂 I would love to have both of the books…they both sound very interesting! Thanks! 🙂

  14. “Twelfth Night at Longbourn” is one of my favourite books! I love how Kitty grows and finds her HEA. Christmas is my favourite time of year and the day I was born. I love reading how it was celebrated during Regency times and then during Queen Victoria’s reign. Thank you for putting this into a book! Not to take away from this wonderful launch, but will we be seeing anymore of Lydia’s time spent at Mrs. Drummond’s School?

  15. Would love a copy of your new book…I enjoyed Twelfth Night at Longbourn very much..
    Congratulations on the new release..Christmas is my favourite time of year.
    Would love to spend it in the Regency era.

  16. I have not read Twelfth Night at Longbourn but will add it to my ever-growing “to read” list. I loved the excerpt you posted above!

  17. This was a wonderful selection to read. I enjoyed the description of making the kissing bough. I have not read Twelfth Night yet, but I am looking forward to. Thanks!

  18. Captivated by the excerpt! I will definitely need to be adding Twelfth Night to my Jane inspired collection! Meanwhile, pick me pick me for the giveaway!

  19. I would like to learn about Regency Christmas celebrations and see how many we carry on today in one way or another. I haven’t read either of these books, I’ve enjoyed others of yours. We have birthdays on the 26, 27, and 28th of December. A busy few days!

  20. I love reading about traditions of old, especially when they are in the world of Jane Austen.
    Thank you for the story, it brings me back to the days when Christmas magical. Thank you!

  21. Advent and Christmastide traditions are very important to me as an Anglican, even though I live in Southern California which seems to be the opposite of an English Christmas with lights hanging from palm trees and fake snow in store windows. I am delighted by your book, and I do hope to win one as finances don’t allow me to have a book alllowance any longer.

    Here is a post frommy blog on Chistmastide:


    And thank you for writing such a lovely book–my fingers are literally itching to have it in hand…or at least onm my Kindle. 😉

    Susanne 🙂

  22. Thanks for putting together everything we might wish to know about Regency Christmas traditions. I’m sure it’ll be a delightful read and a book to cherish. I love the cover of ‘A Jane Austen Christmas’ and I can’t wait to add it to my bookshelf. Thanks for the generous giveaway. I already have the ‘Given Good Principles’ box set, so please don’t enter me in the giveaway for ‘The Twelfth Night at Longbourn’, but I would love the chance to win a copy of your lovely Christmas book! Congrats on the gorgeous new release.

  23. You find such interesting information on Regency life. I’m so glad to see you compiling it. I look forward to reading your new book.


  24. Read your Twelfth Night at Longbourne last Christmas and refer to some of the traditions it includes while teaching Twelfth Night to my Brit Lit class. Can only imagine the gems I could pass on by reading your latest! Thank you so much for adding to our understanding of Regency Christmas traditions!

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  26. Lovely excerpt! I love reading about Christmas traditions especially during the Regency period! It sounds like such a festive time of year!

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