Darcy and Elizabeth Will’s First Christmas
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My newest Regency release Darcy and Elizabeth Will’s First Christmas takes place at Pemberley. As the title indicates, it is the first Christmas for Darcy and Elizabeth’s son, Will. The family gathers together to celebrate the holiday in traditional Regency style, which meant I had to fact-check a few Christmas bits and bobs.
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Darcy and Elizabeth Will’s First Christmas
A Pride and Prejudice Regency Christmas Variation
Darcy and Elizabeth’s son Will celebrates his first Christmas with his twin cousins, Charles and Fitz Bingley. I invite you to join in the felicity at Pemberley as Darcy revives an old family custom, while little Will begins to learn the joy of giving, and bonds with the Bingley twins. Along for the fun are Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, Georgiana, Lydia, and three attentive nursemaids. And of course, it wouldn’t be a comedy without Caroline Bingley.
Regency Christmas Surprises
Christmas trees were not common in Regency England, having only recently been introduced by Queen Charlotte, the German born wife of George III. Gifts were not exchanged among the grownups. A child might receive a toy or a sweet but there was not the pile of toys under the tree that we have come to expect with the holiday. Adults fancied a hearty meal, jolly conversation, and the musical talents of the ladies of the family, but they did not exchange gifts.
Oh frustration! How could I not shower gifts upon sweet little Will for his first Christmas? I gave it a try, but Darcy put his foot down. He can be the firmest of characters. Peek at this excerpt and see what an author must deal with:
Darcy and Elizabeth ~ Will’s First Christmas
Darcy cleared his throat before he continued. “Elizabeth and I agree that it is important for Will to understand the true meaning of Christmas. I have observed a new vogue of gift giving at Christmas time that is becoming a frenzy of desire to please our families with toys and trinkets they do not need. This is a truly sad happening for it results in spoilt young people who place no value on the things they do possess.” Darcy looked upon his family. “We all lack for nothing. Elizabeth and I believe there is no need to take part in this new custom.”
Lydia frowned. What was wrong with a frenzy of gifts? She did not know how men felt about it, but receiving gifts was the nicest part of being a pretty girl. Although she had never received a Christmas gift before, she fully expected Darcy to indulge his family in this new style. Lydia bit her tongue since Darcy was now the hand that fed her and she knew better than to argue with him.
“Our son must learn that true joy comes from helping those who are less fortunate. Will was born into a family wealthy enough to put food on the table and not having to worry about paying the apothecary. It was through nothing our son did, but merely a chance of fate. We do not wish him to expect things to be handed to him since that is the worst quality a parent can instill in a child.”
Will watched his father’s mouth. He understood only a few of the words his dada spoke; but he carefully studied the roomful of people who listened attentively. The child instinctively knew that someday he would be able to hold people with his words; it was only a matter of learning the right ones and gaining that dada deep voice that rumbled in his chest. The child attempted a few growls, causing his father to look at him curiously. “Have you caught a cold?” Darcy said, feeling his son’s head. Will determined to practice the sound later in his crib when his nurse was not listening.
Darcy continued, “All my son will ever require are a few true friends and a well-bred horse.”
Jane felt a smile twitch at the corner of her mouth, but Bingley caught her eye with a cautionary look. She stopped her giggle before it began.
“And to begin teaching Will the joy of Christmas we are allowing him one gift starting with this, his first Christmas.” He smiled at the child in his arms while his son gazed at him adoringly. “But I repeat, we will not indulge our son.”
“Elizabeth and I came to this conclusion last night,” Darcy said, “Without intending any offense to those of you who may have brought Will holiday gifts, we plan to give all but one of his gifts to the families of our tenant farmers tomorrow—Christmas Eve. It is a long neglected Darcy family tradition.”
The countenance of those in the gathering could best be described as stunned. Each had imagined the thrill of handing Will a special toy they had chosen for his first Christmas. They were disappointed and yet each respected Darcy’s stance on this new fashion.
“I am sure you may think Will is too young to understand, and most likely he is,” Darcy said. “This tradition is as much a discipline for the grown among us as it is for the children. We must learn among ourselves to instill in our young ones the desire to help those who live in lesser conditions, for the greatest gift we can give our children is the blessing of a generous heart.”
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Wishing you and yours happy holidays and peace in the New Year.
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