In 1805, mention of Christmas does not appear in the newspapers I surveyed until the week before the 25th of December. Perhaps predictably, the first notice is from a retailer.
|Morning Post - Wednesday December 18 1805|
Advertisements for Christmas gifts are not so numerous as one might expect given today's retail frenzy, but they do exist.
|Salisbury and Winchester Journal - Monday 23 December 1805|
Evidence of the celebration of Christmas continuing through until Twelfth Night--January 6--is contained in the advertisements for the Season.
|The Courier - Tuesday 31 December 1805|
But then, as now, there was more to the Season than commercialism. There were songs and poems:
|Staffordshire Advertiser - Saturday 05 January 1805|
There were some funny, some impenetrable, and some rather rude jokes:
|Morning Advertiser - Friday 27 December 1805|
|Evening Mail - Monday 30 December 1805|
The solemnity of the Season and the importance of charity were not overlooked:
|The Courier - Tuesday 24 December 1805|
|Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal - Tuesday 01 January 1805|
|London Courier and Evening Gazette - Saturday 21 December 1805|
|London Courier and Evening Gazette - Tuesday 31 December 1805|
|Morning Advertiser - Monday 23 December 1805|
|Morning Advertiser - Thursday 26 December 1805|
There you have a picture of a Regency Christmas in the year 1805--a Christmas not so very unlike our own.
'Til next time,
All illustrations in this blog post are from http://randolphcaldecott.org.uk/
More Christmas information and illustrations can also be seen at my website: http://www.lesleyannemcleod.com/rw_christmas.html