"Where shall we see a better daughter, or a kinder sister, or a truer friend?"
Christmas is referenced in all of Jane Austen's novels. Christmas celebrations in Georgian England included balls, parties, wassailing, and visiting.
Here's a recipe for the traditional "wassail" drink carried in bowls by Christmas carolers as they went through neighborhoods singing Yuletide songs.
1 gallon apple cider
1 large can pineapple juice (unsweetened)
3/4 cups hot tea
Place in cheesecloth sack:
1 T. whole cloves
1 T. whole allspice
2 sticks cinnamon
Perfect for the crockpot: Let simmer on low very slowly 4-6 hours (add water if needed). Serve warm. Garnish with orange slices (splash of rum, optional). Serves 20 [source] There are many variations of Wassail - go here for more on Pinterest.
Next, I found a fun ornament project for your Christmas tree - or for that Jane Austen Party you've always wanted to have! (Both the recipe and project are from Jane Austen.co.uk. The website suggests using old book pages from a discarded Jane Austen novel. But of course, you could always photo copy a page - double sided - if you can't bring yourself to cut up one of Jane's books.)
|Create a Jane Austen Christmas tree ornament - go here.|
1. Cut the page into 8 strips about 3/4" wide.
2. Set 2 strips aside. Then cut 1/2" from 2 other strips; 1" from two more; and 1 and 1/2" from the remaining two strips.
3. Stack strips into two piles, with the longest strip on the bottom of each pile and so on, until the shortest strips are on top.
4. Place the two piles together, face to face, with the shortest strips on the inside. Then staple the bottom of the strips together.
5. Gently guide and line the top ends together, turning down this stack of ends down by turning both sides to the inside of the heart, pinching them together.
6. Staple the top ends together, inside the heart.
7. Form a loop of ribbon, and place it in the center where the strips meet.
8. Staple the strips together again, a bit higher, making sure the ribbon is caught.
9. Add a bow to the front with glue (hot glue gun works best).
On to the giveaways! I'm delighted to offer you, dear readers, not one, but two books.
My first giveaway book is in honor of Jane Austen's Birthday (December 16, 1775)...
I just love Miss Woodhouse and Mr. Knightley!! My second giveaway book is in celebration of Emma turning 200 on December 25, 2015...
There will be one winner for each of the two giveaway books. The giveaway starts today, December 8 and ends on December 15. Winners will be announced on Jane's birthday, December 16!
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