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A Regency Christmas Dinner

Christmas Decoration

Merry Christmas!

 Reblogged from Kathy L. Wheeler‘s Blog

December 10, 2013

Roast beef dinner

Christmas Dinner, served around midday, might feature a boar’s head (really a pig, since there weren’t any boars around by then), roast goose or roast turkey (which came to England from the New World around 1550 and rose in popularity through the eighteenth century). These were accompanied by vegetables such as boiled or steamed brussels sprouts, carrots, parsnips, and roast potatoes (sometimes boiled or mashed), as well as stuffing.

According to legend, Henry VIII was the first to have turkey served at Christmas. In A Christmas Carol (1843), Scrooge sends the Cratchitts a large turkey for their Christmas dinner. But turkey did not become a popular favorite in England until the 20th century.

The meal would be accompanied by wine or wassail (See December 13th post), which was often made with sherry or brandy.

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For dessert, there was always a Christmas pudding (See December 3rd post), which might be served with brandy butter or cream. Although it was sometimes called “plum pudding,” there were no plums—only raisins. Mince pie was another traditional favorite (See December 4th post). There might also be gingerbread and marzipan and other popular sweet treats.

After dinner, the family might gather around the pianoforte (if there was one) and sing carols such as Deck the Halls, Here We Come a-Wassailing, and While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks. Most other Christmas carols sung today are of German origin and didn’t spread to England until Victorian times.

Traditionally, a small tithe was given to a landowner on Christmas Day, and sometimes children might receive a small toy, but the Regency Christmas was not a time of gift-giving as it is today. All in all, Christmas was a time for family to assemble together and celebrate the Christmas-tide Season.

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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Kathy L. Wheeler and “Lies That Bind”

There is an interesting discussion going on in the Writer’s Café over on LinkedIn. I’m not even sure I found the discussion thread by John Reed: If you won the lottery, would you still keep writing?

I thought that was a fascinating question as I only began writing in November of 2006. In any event, I have ten (10) completed manuscripts. Seven of which are published. Not to mention the short anthologies I’ve participated in with other Oklahoma Romance Writers members, three (3) to date, with a Halloween story due out shortly.

Some of the answers on this intriguing topic are what you might expect.

Hazel Bennett: “Winning a million would not stop me writing”

William Butler: “Of course I’d keep writing because then I’d be able to live off investments and give more time to writing and promoting. . .”

Me:  (wouldn’t we all!)

Michele Rice: “I would definitely keep writing. It’s in m blood.”

I especially like one from Barbara DeShong: “There’s a choice?”

John “The Cork” Corcoran responded with a question of his own: “What would STOP me from writing?”

My answer was less original because Dale Musser said it best for me: “Definitely! I would also self publish and make sure that every book store I could find would be well stocked with my books as well.

So, I pose the question to you—If you won the lottery, would you still keep writing?

Happy read—er. . .Writing!

Kathy L Wheeler

About Lies That Bind

Lies that BindWould a modern day woman marry for convenience to protect the identity of her daughter?  Hell yes! But, Kelly Mancer didn’t want a man.  Any man.  Danger has a way of changing a woman’s mind.

Alex Gentry needs Kelly Mancer, but convincing her to help in his pursuit of a dangerous enemy who’s enamored his younger sister would not be easy.  Soon the tables turn and Kelly becomes the prey. Alex may save his sister, but at what cost?


. . .She was doing her best to distract him, just like she’d managed that long ago Friday afternoon. Her sudden indifference when he’d returned from Chicago burned in his memory. A memory that still had the ability to infuriate him. All their teasing banter shared the weeks before, gone. Replaced with a quiet reticence. Nothing he said or did drew her from the steel shell she’d encased herself in.

Alex glanced to her left hand. Bare of any jewelry. With his relief came a surge of warmth that rippled through his entire body. He lifted his gaze and wondered how the dull lighting failed to dim the shine in her black hair. Made him wonder how he’d managed to contain his urge to consume her five years ago. And how . . .  now he still craved her.

About the Author

bioPic8476Kathy L Wheeler has a BA degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in Management Information Systems that includes over forty credit hours of vocal music.  As a computer programmer the past fifteen years, she utilizes karaoke for her vocal music talents. Other passions include fantasy football, NBA and musical theatre. She is a long time member of several RWA Chapters, including DARA, and The Beau Monde, and currently serves as Programs Director for the OKRWA Chapter. As an avid reader of romance and patron of the theatre, her main sources of inspiration come mostly from an over-active imagination. She currently resides in Edmond, Oklahoma with her musically talented, attorney husband, Al, and their bossy cat, Carly.

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