Before the Victorians reinvented it, the traditional Christmas was a
very different affair. Devoid of Father Christmas, Christmas trees and
commercialisation, the emphasis was on gentility, tradition and sociability.
Jane Austen set many scenes from her novels during the Christmas period
as this was a time for social gatherings. This lecture examines the balls,
parties, dinners, games, traditions and celebrations that filled the festive
season. Novels, letters, paintings and engravings are used to bring the
Georgian Christmas to life.
N.B. Coffee from 11.00. The Lecture begins at 11.30 with
CHRISTMAS LUNCH at 1.00 for members only.
Tickets will be available from October from Freda Markham.
Please inform Freda if you are attending the lecture only.
Tel: 01829 751613 / 07702 184495