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Many Christmas traditions and images of "old fashioned" holidays are based on Victorian celebrations. Going back just a little further, to the beginning of the 19th century, the holiday Jane Austen knew would have looked distinctly odd to modern sensibilities.

How odd? Families rarely decorated Christmas trees. Festivities centered on socializing instead of gift-giving. Festivities focused on adults, with children largely consigned to the nursery. Holiday events, including balls, parties, dinners, and even weddings celebrations, started a week before Advent and extended all the way through to Twelfth Night in January.

Take a step into history with Maria Grace as she explores the traditions, celebrations, games and foods that made up Christmastide in Jane Austen's era. Packed with information and rich with detail from period authors, Maria Grace transports the listener to a longed-for old fashioned Christmas.

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Christmas during the Time of Jane Austen

This was a very informative book and I did enjoy the specific mores and food of the Regency period. I did not enjoy the narrator. He was a very clear speaking man but I would have preferred a woman. After all, a woman wrote the book. Who decided to have a man read it to me? Not a good idea. Otherwise a good listen. Very short.

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The entire book is there. Nothing missing.

The entire book, including Boxing Day and Pantomimes, are in the narration. The information on the regency celebration of the holiday is very interesting. The narrator did an excellent job, including making the recipes an interesting listen.

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Could not finish

I just could not finish it. I got to Twelfth Night.

Up to the point I stopped, the the narrator skipped two whole characters (Boxing Day and Patomimes). I don't know if more were skipped later in the book.

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An interesting couple of Christmasy hours

It was better than some of the Christmas tv shows to listen to. interesting to see how Christmas was spent centuries ago ... it entertained me while I pottered about.