Regency Christmas Traditions

Can you tell I love Christmas?

Only a few more weeks, so bear with me! I drive my husband crazy with all of my Christmas traditions, but it’s only once a year :)

Today I wanted to talk about a few Regency-era Christmas traditions, some of which remain until today. Many of our Christmas traditions actually originated in the Victorian era. In the Regency era, which technically covers the period of 1811-1820 (although many historical romance novels take place within a few years on either side), Christmastide was celebrated as the time between Christmas Eve and Twelfth Night.

If you read many Regency Christmas books, you will likely find mistletoe often plays a role, and for good reason, as it was quite popular during the era. There were no Christmas trees at this point in time -- these came in the Victorian era -- however, the Yule log and Christmas candle were lit during the season. Greenery was common throughout the home, particularly rosemary, bay, holly and laurel.

No matter the traditions, the spirit of the season has remained unchanged from this time. What was celebrated in this era, in addition to the religious festival, was a good meal with friends and family, and charity to the poor.

I hope the spirit of Christmas remains alive and well in your home! Head on over to my Facebook page to discuss your favorite Christmas traditions.

Next week on Boxing Day we will unwrap the latest cover of my next book in the Searching Hearts series. Catch up with Quest of Honor and Clue of Affection -- the links are at the bottom. Until then, I would like to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas!

With love,

Ellie

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