It's nearly here, that special day! And Marissa and I are planning to celebrate with family and friends. So let's start the celebration right here on Nineteenteen!
First off, what’s a Christmas party without a few decorations? Last week I explained how to make kissing boughs. I’ve set one right in the doorway of our lovely withdrawing room, just waiting to catch that handsome earl unawares. Are you bold enough to steal a kiss?
Marissa’s friendship with Queen Victoria has inspired us to set up a Christmas tree as well. We have spiced cider ready and cakes and mince pies as well as fruit brought from friends in the Indies. And one of our lovely readers has volunteered to play for us, with carols dancing in the air.
Finally, allow us to bestow upon you more than our friendship. We have certainly treasured yours this past year! For starters, here’s a look at the annual Jane Austen promenade in Bath from this year. Oh, to walk that pavement!
I’d also like to offer a dainty little book, embossed with your name in gold, of the collected sayings of Lord Pompadour Snedley. You say you are unfamiliar with his work? My dear, he is that expert on etiquette whose wisdom is being quoted among all the best families. Although, ahem, I do think one or two of his sayings may have been misconstrued. For example, this one:
“Young ladies are indebted to their chaperons, those maternal sorts who hover about at balls, making sure that everything is aboveboard. Do insist that they stay away from card tables, sharp objects, and the occasional cavorting in the servant's hall.”
You can find your book here.
Happy Christmas, my dears! Please enjoy the holidays and return with us on January 7, when we will resume our normal posting schedule of Tuesdays and Fridays.