The Advent Calendar of Literature: Day 10

Here’s a very nice seasonal post from the folks at Interesting Literature I’m glad to share. Enjoy, all you Dickens fans!

Interesting Literature

Over the last few days, we’ve been pondering, in a series of posts, the literary history of Father Christmas and Santa Claus. Yesterday, we looked at how Santa’s working relationship with the soft drinks industry is more complicated than we might think. Today, we’re moving from the world of drink to the world of food – and, in particular, to the important issue of Christmas dinner.

The relationship between Charles Dickens and Christmas is something we’ll come on to in a series of posts over Bozthe next couple of weeks, but today we’d like to recommend this 1835 ‘sketch’ – published when Dickens was in his early twenties – describing the perfect Christmas dinner.

The piece offers an insight into what the average nineteenth-century family did at Christmas time. This was in 1835, just before Queen Victoria came to the throne and the idea of the modern Christmas…

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3 thoughts on “The Advent Calendar of Literature: Day 10

  1. Jill, I’m with you on the fruitcake! Whoever came up with that idea must have been on something to begin with! No, I haven’t had the puddings mentioned in the Dickens piece, but I have had bread and rice puddings–two favorites of my dear grandfather. Have a wonderful holiday season, Jill. 🙂

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