'Being a family contented to stay within their own unit, one can only imagine the Austens honoring the traditions of the season. Jane and Cassandra had by now brought in the usual greenery. A seemingly conservative family, the Austens might have followed the tradition of the Yule log, which was still very much in the fashion those days.
“A great blazing fire was the centerpiece of a family Christmas. The Yule log was chosen on Christmas Eve. It was wrapped in hazel twigs and dragged home, to burn in the fireplace as long as possible through the Christmas season. The tradition was to keep back a piece of the Yule log to light the following year’s Yule log,” wrote historian Ben Johnson.'
Filled with the remarkable wit and insight of one of the world's most cherished authors, A Jane Austen Christmas gives readers insight into Austen's life through little-known stories about how she and her family celebrated the treasured holiday season. Carlo DeVito provides an intimate portrait of Austen's most cherished Christmas memories with her family: from the gift of her first writing desk, to her first love and heartbreak, to her brewing mead and beer in time for the holidays. Along the way readers will spend a holiday in the Austen house, celebrate Jane's birthday, meet the inspiration for more than a dozen characters, attend the Christmastide series of balls, and learn how to make family's favorite recipes and dedicate a novel to the Prince Regent. Remarkably fresh and supremely entertaining, A Jane Austen Christmas brings Austen's world to life as never before.
About the Author
Carlo DeVito is a longtime publishing executive, who has worked with many of the nation’s major historians. He is also the author of A Mark Twain Christmas and Inventing Scrooge. His work has been reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Hartford Courant. Carlo lives with his family in Ghent, NY at the Hudson-Chatham Winery
A Jane Austen Christmas by Carlo Devito is available to buy now!
If you live in the US or Canada and you'd like to get your hands on a hardcover copy of this book to help you celebrate a Jane Austen Christmas then you might be in luck, as the publishers, Cider Mill Press are offering a copy to a commenter here. To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment here telling me about your favourite Christmas tradition, whether it's one your family has always done or one you've invented yourself :) Please leave a way for me to contact you in case you are the lucky winner. The contest is open to people with a US / Canada postal address who comment before the end of the day on Wednesday 4 November.
Many thanks to Cider Mill Press for sponsoring this giveaway.