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.
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For this quiz, the Regency is defined as 1811-1830.
- Christmas trees lit by candles were common decorations in Regency England.
- Gift-giving was a prominent Christmas tradition in Regency times.
- 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.
- Many Christmas traditions were pagan in origin.
- Although it originated as a pagan ceremony to ensure a good apple crop, wassailing became more of caroling event in the Regency.
- Christmas Pudding, or Plum Cake, contains raisins rather than plums.
- A Christmas Pudding can be made months in advance.
- Finding a thimble in your slice of Christmas Pudding means good luck for the coming year.
- 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.
- Originally, mince pie was made with meat and spices and served as a main course.
- The three spices in mince pie—cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg—were meant to represent the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- 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.
- “Mummers” were traveling troupes of actors who would go door-to-door offering to perform and sing for a few coins.
- In the Regency era, Christmas decorations were often left up throughout the month of January.
- Silent Night was one of the Christmas songs commonly sung in the Regency era.
- 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.
- Boxing Day was a time to reward servants, tenants and tradesmen with gifts of money and/or food.
- Plough Monday, which is the day after Twelfth Day (Epiphany), is when the farm laborers are called back to work after the Christmastide.
- Christmas Eve was the traditional night for wassailing.
- If your piece of King Cake contained a bean, you were crowned “King” for the night.
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