How lovely it is to be part of the worldwide VIRTUAL ADVENT TOUR this year. It is not too late to join….
I chose today 16th December so that I could take this moment to celebrate Jane Austen’s Birthday. Born 1775 she nonetheless is contemporary to us….
We often think of Christmas as commencing with the influence of Prince Albert, beloved husband of Britain’s Queen Victoria…but of course Christmas, the reason and the celebrations existed long before then.
How did Jane Austen acknowledge Christmas in her accounts of the daily lives of her characters?
Let’s look at a few…
“At Christmas every body invites their friends about them, and people think little of even the worst weather. I was snowed up at a friend’s house once for a week.”
– Mr. Elton, Emma, Chapter 13
Emma Woodhouse spends Christmas with her family and friends. Her sister and brother-in-law, John & Isabella Knightley, come to stay at Harfield over Christmas with their five little children. They have a family dinner which includes Mr. Knightley on the 23rd, on Christmas Eve they all go to Randalls for a Christmas dinner with Mr. & Mrs. Weston and the odious Mr. Elton. On Christmas Day it has snowed so bad that the roads are impossible to cross for the Christmas service at the church so Emma has a snug day visiting Mrs. Weston instead. (Emma, Chapters 9-16)
Next, we look at the much loved
Pride and Prejudice
SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
(my favourite version)