A Very Darcy Christmas Guest Post & Giveaway

Hello Dear Readers,

This month’s agenda is filled with Christmas posts 🙂 For me Christmas has always been a family season, and even if I haven’t enjoyed it in the last years as I used to, I’m having a blast organizing all these seasonal posts. After Nicole Clarkston’s christmas vignette to end the Blog Tour of The Courtship of Edward Gardiner, I am happy to bring to you today a guest post by Victoria Kincaid where she shares what she learned of her investigations regarding regency Christmas traditions.

I found out about Victoria Kincaid’s book at Just Jane 1813, and I immediately knew I had to read it. In fact, I had been wanting to read a Victoria Kincaid book for a while, so A Very Darcy Christmas came at the right time.

So far I’m loving it, but my review will only come next week, for now, I’ll leave you with Mrs. Kincaid guest post.

 

 

*** Guest Post***

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When I decided to write a Pride and Prejudice variation set at Christmas-time I realized it would be necessary to learn more about Regency Christmas customs so I could make them part of the story.   What I found was enlightening. While some traditions were similar to ours today, many were different. They did not send Christmas cards or set up Christmas trees. They did not give presents except to children. There is some dispute about how much Christmas carols were sung, but it may have been confined to the lower classes. I didn’t read this in my research, but I’m pretty sure they didn’t have Elf on the Shelf.

They did have decorating for Christmas, parties, and feasting—although they all took different forms during the Regency. They decorated with holly, evergreens and other greenery, but not before Christmas Eve (it was considered bad luck). They also had kissing under the mistletoe (or a kissing bough), which seems like an odd custom for a time period that was so rigid about contact between the sexes. The Christmas season began in early December and ended on Twelfth Night; during that time the upper classes did a lot of visiting, partying, and other kinds of socializing. They played parlor games and ate a lot of good food, including some things we still eat today: gingerbread, march pane (marzipan), and turkey.

It was a time for gift giving to the lower classes. On Boxing Day (the day after Christmas) the well-to-do would give their servants boxes of gifts as well as presents to the less fortunate in the neighborhood. The lord of the manor would sometimes host a Christmas day open house of sorts that would be the only celebration some of the poorer neighbors would experience.

I found these differences and similarities very interesting and it was great fun incorporating them into the A Very Darcy Christmas. I hope you enjoy them as well!

 

***Book Excerpt***

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“I apologize, Lizzy,” her father said. “Trying to stop her was like trying to halt a runaway carriage. When she declared her intention to visit Pemberley with or without me, I thought my presence might mitigate the damage.”

Elizabeth took her father’s arm. “I am very pleased to see you both, Papa. And it will provide an opportunity to show you Pemberley.”

He smiled gently. “I must confess, that is something I am anticipating with pleasure. What I have seen so far is quite grand.”

Elizabeth gave her father’s arm another reassuring squeeze, but her spirits sank. With Georgiana visiting Rosings Park for the yuletide season, Elizabeth and William had been anticipating a quiet Christmas celebration by themselves. Since they had arrived at Pemberley after their wedding voyage, Elizabeth’s life had been a whirlwind. She had spent much of her time familiarizing herself with the household and the servants, caring for tenants, entertaining neighbors, and performing the many other tasks required of Mrs. Darcy. William had been looking forward to having her to himself over Christmas, and the feeling was very much reciprocated.

Well, Mama and Papa are only two people, Elizabeth reminded herself. And Papa will happily spend much of his time in the library. Certainly I can find a way to occupy Mama.

Elizabeth and her father had just reached the top of the stairs when she heard quick footsteps behind them. Glancing over her shoulder, she found one of the footmen rushing toward her, his brow creased with worry. “Madam, Mr. Giles sent me to inform you. Miss Darcy’s coach is on the drive!”

Elizabeth blinked. Georgiana? What was the matter? Her sister-in-law had planned to visit Rosings Park for at least three more weeks, until Twelfth Night. Although Lady Catherine had initially severed all contact with Pemberley, she had recently insisted on Georgiana’s company—no doubt hoping to counteract Elizabeth’s pernicious influence. Georgiana had assented in part because she hoped to mend the breach between her brother and her aunt, although William had told her not to bother.

Elizabeth turned to her father. “Papa, I must meet Georgiana’s coach. Sally will help with anything you might need, and I shall see you at supper.”

Her father patted her hand reassuringly. Elizabeth quickly retreated down the great marble staircase. Georgiana was just entering the house. The slight woman was rumpled from travel, and some of her blonde curls tumbled into her eyes. But Elizabeth was most concerned about the signs of strain around the younger woman’s mouth and the tension in her shoulders.

Giles took Georgiana’s pelisse and bonnet, and then Elizabeth hurried to embrace her. “Is there trouble, my dear?” Elizabeth asked. “Are you feeling quite well?”

“Yes, my health is good.” Georgiana grimaced. “But William was correct. Visiting Rosings was most unpleasant. Aunt Catherine took every opportunity to disparage you and William. In addition, she invited two young men—both distant relatives of hers—to Rosings. It is clear they think they can be my suitors.” Elizabeth bit her tongue against a quick retort. How dare her ladyship ambush Georgiana in such a way? “It was so uncomfortable.”

This was one of the longest speeches Elizabeth had ever heard from Darcy’s sister; clearly she was quite disturbed. Elizabeth squeezed Georgiana’s hand sympathetically. “I can understand. Were they both so terrible?”

Georgiana sighed, pushing curls from her eyes. “Perhaps not, but I am not prepared to meet suitors, particularly without you and William to give me advice.”

Of course. After the Wickham debacle, Georgiana would be reluctant to trust her own judgment about men. Lady Catherine should not have attempted to influence her niece’s matrimonial prospects, but obviously she hoped to circumvent William’s authority. Elizabeth could think of several things to say about the woman, but she held her tongue.

“I decided to come home. I hope you are not too disappointed with me.”

Elizabeth gave her another hug. “Of course not, darling. I am very happy to see you, and William will be as well. He is out visiting tenants but will be home for supper. We would have missed you at Christmas! Oh, and my parents have come to visit from Longbourn as well.”

Georgiana gave a gentle smile. “How lovely. We shall be a merry party!”

Yes, thought Elizabeth. Hopefully my mother will not celebrate Christmas by discussing how we will be murdered in our beds.

Georgiana gave her sister-in-law another hug. “And you have decorated so nicely for the yule season. Mama never hung greens before Christmas Eve.”

Elizabeth smiled despite another reminder of her decorating deficiencies.

Georgiana took her leave and climbed wearily up the stairs toward her bedchamber. Although Elizabeth was pleased to have her sister-in-law home for the yule season, she could not prevent a pang of regret over more loss of privacy. But it is a big house, Elizabeth thought as she watched Georgiana disappear up the stairs. She is merely one more person. We shall hardly notice her.

Elizabeth had only taken one step toward the stairs when a brisk knock sounded on the door. Oh no, what now? Elizabeth fervently prayed for a wayward deliveryman.

Giles hastened to open the door. Elizabeth instantly recognized the tall figure silhouetted against the pale winter sky. “Richard!” she exclaimed.

 

 

*** It’s giveaway time***

sem-nomeVictoria Kincaid brings her own Christmas gift to the readers at From Pemberley to Milton. She would like to offer one ebook copy of A Very Darcy Christmas to a randomly chosen reader who comments on this post. To increase the chances of winning, comment on the review that will be published on the 10th of December, comments on both posts will be considered for the giveaway.

The giveaway is international and ill end on the 15th of December, with the winner being announced shortly after.

Good luck everyone!

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45 responses to “A Very Darcy Christmas Guest Post & Giveaway

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  2. Glynis

    Oh dear 😞 I feel for Darcy and Elizabeth as I think they would have hung many kissing boughs thinking they would be on their own! They could manage Georgiana and Richard perhaps but Mrs Bennet???? I can’t wait to read this book. Thanks for the post and giveaway Rita and Victoria.

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    • The combination of people that Elizabeth will have on her home is really hilarious Glynis…if we are not Elizabeth and Darcy of course… for them it’s more like a bad dream 🙂 and the kissing boughs… I know someone is already tired of them :)))

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  3. Oh wow this sounds amazing! I love Christmas and a Regency Christmas to boot? I think that’s awesome 🙂 I had to laugh at the “Elf on the Shelf” comment too – that was great! Thanks 🙂 Erika Messer hopefuldelights1 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  4. Great excerpt and information about a Regency Christmas. It’s interesting how customs have changed.

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  6. Pam Hunter

    So much for a nice, quiet Christmas for Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam! Great excerpt! I wonder who else might show up at their door…?

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    • That was the question in my head thought through the first 20% of the book Pam. In fact, I’m already at 50% and I wonder if Mrs. Kincaid doesn’t have any other surprise guest on her sleeve: )

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  7. Sophia Rose

    Fun to imagine how Christmas has evolved from Regency times and imagine their way of doing Christmas while getting a lovely Darcy and Lizzy story. 🙂

    Looking forward to all your Christmas-y posts, Rita.

    Please don’t enter me in the giveaway.

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  8. Patricia Finnegan

    I love Christmas stories!

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  9. It’s probably a good job I don’t have the talent to be a novelist, as I’d probably get totally sidetracked by what I found and following one link after another whilst researching.

    I hope you enjoy the rest of this story Rita. I really enjoyed it, with it’s mixture of comedy, drama and romance. Oh, Mrs. Bennet’s obsession with a French invasion was definitely hilarious at times. Then throw in Lady C., Lydia and two (or could it be three – not saying!) suitors for Georgiana and a proposed quiet Christmas for E&D becomes anything but.

    Please don’t enter me in the giveaway as I had the privilege of a sneak preview.

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  10. evamedmonds

    Thank you for the excerpt and giveaway. The cover is beautiful!

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  11. Carol

    Lovely Elizabeth and Darcy story. The plans of mice and men often go astray as their chances for a very quiet, relaxing holiday. Mrs. Bennet, Lady Catherine, and Lydia in the same house for an extended period. Oh, the Joy! The Darcys were ready for bedlam for sure. Would have probably been less chaotic.

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  12. Carole in Canada

    I am loving these excerpts that just tease us with what’s to come! Elizabeth may not have the stress of shopping for her family, but she will now have the stress of entertaining unexpected guests!

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  13. BeckyC

    Wonderful excerpt. Looking forward to reading.

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  14. Sally Cline

    Poor Darcy & Elizabeth it seems they can never be alone for very long. Even though they are out in the country people still come in droves!

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  15. Yeap, not a calm Christmas for them!! who else is coming? I am sure Richard is not the last person joining!

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  16. These two will never get anywhere if this keeps up…

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  17. Mrs. Bennet during Christmas? Hahaha I can only imagine 😀

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  18. All these excerpts are making me very excited to read the whole story. Thanks for the post and giveaway.

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  19. Loved this book and the idea of research regarding Regency holiday traditions sounds very interesting. As I am in the midst of my own Elf of the Shelf charades at home, I envy some of the simplicity of this era… LOL! Thanks ladies for the great post.

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  20. KateB

    Sounds like fun reading for Christmas. Poor D&L.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  21. Kirsten

    Christmas is my favorite time of the year. The Darcy’s are going to be busy with guests I suspect. I feel as that Elizabeths hope of alone time will not be heard 🙂

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  22. It sounds so fun this story, the yuletide will be different than expected perhaps. But love and laughter are bound to play their part. Please count me in, I’d love to read this book!

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  23. Debbie B.

    Poor Elizabeth and Darcy! Looking forward to reading how everyone gets along… or how they don’t!

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  24. So much for alone-time with Darcy… Can imagine Elizabeth being displeased with the events. Interested to know what is going to occur during the season!

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  25. Ginna

    This looks like it will be such an enjoyable read, especially at this time of year. It will definitely get one in the mood for the holidays!

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  26. Sheila L. Majczan

    I, too, read the post about this book on Just Jane 1813 and again, will say how horrible for people to show up uninvited…especially at the home of newlyweds! I don’t have this book so please count me in on any drawing. Mary Christmas to all.

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  27. Mary

    This sounds like a recipe for disaster-Mrs Bennet afraid she’ll be murdered in her bed,Georgiana fleeing Lady C’s potential suitors and Richard now deciding to join the party! Just when Darcy and Elizabeth wanted and richly deserved a little ‘us’ time,on this,their first Christmas!
    Sounds like a lovely Christmas story! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  29. so many guests for the season, whatever will Lizzy do? 🙂

    denise

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  30. Amanda Frank

    I can understand Mr. Bennet tagging along with Mrs. Bennet and Georgiana but Richard should know better than to interrupt Elizabeth and Darcy’s first Christmas. He better have a good excuse.

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