Friday, December 26, 2014

A Regency Christmas Quiz

The Prize: a lovely Christmas box containing a A Twelfth Night Tale bracelet, a Susana Ellis pen (and other surprises) and a Susana Ellis mug.

The contest ends at midnight ET on December 31, 2014. The answers and the winner's name will appear on the January 1, 2015 post on Susana's Parlour by 8:00 a.m. ET.

If you're not sure of the answers, they may be found in the posts from my 2013 A Twelfth Night Tale Christmas Blog Tour.

Note: Do not answer the questions in the comments where everyone else can see them! Send them in an email to barbiesa@mac.com.


For this quiz, the Regency is defined as 1811-1830.

King Cake
  1. Christmas trees lit by candles were common decorations in Regency England. 
  2. Gift-giving was a prominent Christmas tradition in Regency times. 
  3. The Twelve Days of Christmas began on December 26 and ended on January 6 and did not include Christmas Day because it was a solemn, holy day and not one for partying. 
  4. Many Christmas traditions were pagan in origin. 
  5. Although it originated as a pagan ceremony to ensure a good apple crop, wassailing became more of caroling event in the Regency. 
  6. Christmas Pudding, or Plum Cake, contains raisins rather than plums. 
  7. A Christmas Pudding can be made months in advance. 
  8. Finding a thimble in your slice of Christmas Pudding means good luck for the coming year. 
  9. Mince pie and all things Christmas were banned during Cromwell's reign because they were considered “pagan,” but it all came back when Charles II came into power. 
  10. Originally, mince pie was made with meat and spices and served as a main course. 
  11. The three spices in mince pie—cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg—were meant to represent the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 
  12. Originally, the Yule Log was from the largest tree that would fit in the fireplace so it would keep burning throughout the Twelve Days of Christmas. 
  13. “Mummers” were traveling troupes of actors who would go door-to-door offering to perform and sing for a few coins. 
  14. In the Regency era, Christmas decorations were often left up throughout the month of January. 
  15. Silent Night was one of the Christmas songs commonly sung in the Regency era. 
  16. The custom of stealing kisses beneath the kissing bough, or even a sprig of mistletoe hanging from the ceiling or doorway in a place where people were certain to walk beneath it, became popular in the late eighteenth century. 
  17. Boxing Day was a time to reward servants, tenants and tradesmen with gifts of money and/or food. 
  18. Plough Monday, which is the day after Twelfth Day (Epiphany), is when the farm laborers are called back to work after the Christmastide. 
  19. Christmas Eve was the traditional night for wassailing. 
  20. If your piece of King Cake contained a bean, you were crowned “King” for the night.
Mince Pie
Remember: DO NOT post your quiz answers here. Send them to barbiesa@mac.com.

About A Twelfth Night Tale

A Twelfth Night Tale is on sale for the remainder of 2014!

In A Twelfth Night Tale, the Barlows celebrate the holiday with their neighbors, the Livingstons, and the St. Vincents—a wealthy viscount who is courting the elder daughter Lucy and his three daughters. Andrew Livingston, who has returned wounded from the Peninsula, suffers a few pangs of jealousy as he watches the viscount’s attentiveness to the now-grown-up-and-very-desirable Lucy. Is it too late for him to stake a claim for her?

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Tina Donahue said...

Beautiful bracelet, Susana :)

jean hart stewart said...

Love your questions...Think I know most of the answers since I've written two Xmas books, but am really rushed right now. Great success with you Xmas book...