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My Christmas Memories

My younger brother and I grew up during the fifties and sixties and some of our happiest memories are those of Christmas. The celebrations began on Stir-Up Sunday.

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A Regency Christmas Dinner

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, Please do put a penny in the old man’s hat. If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do If you haven’t got a ha’penny, then God bless you! In wealthy households

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A Regency Christmas

In the Regency era Christmas festivities began on the 6th December, St Nicholas’s Day, with the exchange of small gifts and ended on January 6th, Twelfth Night. This month was a time for parties, suppers and balls with family and

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Stir-Up Sunday

Stir-Up Sunday falls on the last Sunday before Advent, which is the twenty-second of November this year. The name is derived from a quote from the Bible: ‘Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord!’ This may have been part of

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Christmas in 1687

Christmas is nearly upon us and I’m busy making mince pies, wrapping presents and looking forward to a glass of mulled wine by the fireside. If you’re feeling Christmassy and have a moment to relax with a glass of mulled

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Christmas Day 1665

Since Christmas is nearly here I thought you might like to read an excerpt from The Apothecary’s Daughter, which takes place on Christmas Day 1665, the year of the plague. Christmas day dawned fair and clear. Susannah scraped the ice

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Charlotte Betts Always a bookworm, Charlotte discovered her passion for writing after her three children and two step-children had grown up. She lives with her husband in a cottage in the woods on the borders of Hampshire and Berkshire.

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