Preparing for Christmas

I am the lady of this house, not an exalted country house, but a respectable one and I must not dally any further. I must prepare for Christmas. It is a daunting task in this modern age – 1820. There is so much to do.

First I must check to see if Cook has prepared the Christmas pudding. She should have done so one week ago on Stir Up Sunday. I must discuss with her all the food we shall need for the holidays, because the rest of the family and some friends will gather here and they will stay through Twelfth Night.

I should send invitations to the families near here to come for a Christmas meal. I believe I shall have my daughter write them. She has a better hand than I. Soon it will be time to send the footmen out to gather greenery and we must hang a ball of mistletoe to generate some excitement during the party.

Then there are gifts to purchase. I shall make a list and have my husband’s people purchase them in London and send them to me here. And I must exert myself to embroider some handkerchiefs for everyone, because that is the sort of generous person I am.

Speaking of generous, we will also make up baskets of food for those less fortunate than we. I am certain the kitchen staff and maids might take an afternoon away from their duties to assist in filling the baskets. My dh, Lord P–, and I will, of course deliver them to the families. It will take the better part of the day.

It is such a busy time!
What are you doing to prepare for the holidays??

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Now I shall lie down for a bit. All this planning has quite exhausted me.

(I’ll choose Vicky Hinshaw’s winners at midnight tonight and announce them tomorrow)

About diane

Diane Gaston is the RITA award-winning author of Historical Romance for Harlequin Historical and Mills and Boon, with books that feature the darker side of the Regency. Formerly a mental health social worker, she is happiest now when deep in the psyches of soldiers, rakes and women who don’t always act like ladies.
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3 Responses to Preparing for Christmas

  1. Judy says:

    What a delightfully fun post! I’m dog sitting for Christmas and quite looking forward to it. I’m taking paper and pen and plans to do outlines for 3-4 books, maybe 5 or 6, and plan a new Regency trilogy. Not to mention a stack of books to read…

  2. Elena Greene says:

    Don’t forget the brandy butter for the pudding. Must sample frequently to make sure the taste is just right. 🙂

    I am baking a lot–and the kitchen smells amazing if I say so myself–and listening to my girls practice for a bunch of orchestra and fiddling gigs.

  3. Jane George says:

    I actually made Christmas pudding this year with my English ex-pat friend. It’s her mother’s recipe and is now in my garage pantry, waiting to be boiled again on the day. Every once in a while I go in there and take a sniff.

    Fun post, Diane!

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