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Merry Christmas from Jane Austen’s House

December 24, 2011

Every year we like to decorate the house in time for Christmas and also for the anniversary of Jane Austen’s birth, which is on December 16th. In this, the first of two posts, we thought you might like to see  some photographs of the rooms as they are decorated this year. These beautiful photographs have all been taken for the blog by the Musuem’s photographer, Isabel Snowden

We try to use evergreens as much as possible for, not only are they traditional, but they would most probably have been used as decorations for teh Christmas season by the ladies who lived in the house with Jane Austen between 1809-1817, that is, her mother, her sister, Cassandra and their friend Martha Lloyd.

This is the fireplace in the Drawing Room, decorated with evergreens and with a  lovely floral arrangement on the hearth.

The portrait of Edward Austen Knight as a child in the entrance lobby, decorated with sprigs of  ivy and spruce.

And finally the Dining Room, with Jane Austen’s writing-table to the right by the window, with its fireplace decorated with fir, holly and ivy, for the season. In our next post we shall take a look at the rooms upstairs on the first floor.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all you all a very Merry Christmas, and we sincerely hope that

May Your Christmas… abound in the Gaieties

which that Season generally brings

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Cathy Allen permalink
    December 24, 2011 9:04 pm

    There’s a LOT to be said for simple and lovely, and if I were a poet, I’d write you all a poem about your decorations of Jane Austen’s home. Unfortunately, I’m not a poet, so suffice it to say it’s quite beautiful, and, since I can’t see it in person, thank you for showing us online. Merry Christmas to you, and God bless us, everyone! (Yeah, I know Dickens was decades later!) 🙂

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      December 29, 2011 12:12 pm

      Merry Christmas Cathy,and we are really pleased to be able to share these images with you!

  2. December 25, 2011 12:17 am

    Merry Christmas Julie and members of the Jane Austen House Museum. Lovely decorations. Thanks for sharing.

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      December 29, 2011 12:13 pm

      Merry Christmas, Laurel! We are so glad you like the decorations.

  3. December 31, 2011 1:16 pm

    Merry Christmas, and all the best to Julie and all of you at Jane Austen House. All the best for the new year, which has come so fast! These decorations and delightful, and a peek inside the house is wonderful. Cheers to everyone for the festive season, looking forward to a rich and rewarding year ahead with news from this blog!

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      January 1, 2012 8:26 pm

      Merry Christmas to you too! And a Happy New Year!


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