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Join us For a Midwinter's Eve Hop! Giveaways and Books Galore!

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It’s time for the Midwinter’s Eve Hop.

A ton of authors are offering a variety of giveaways and books. I can’t wait to give someone a $10 gift card and a signed copy of my latest Christmas release, Dante’s Gift. But I need to know what you enjoy doing in the winter. Is it travel to someplace warm? Skiing or sledding? Reading before the fireplace? Comment below and click on the image below to enter my rafflecopter. Then follow the link at the bottom to check out all the other authors and the other goodies you could win! 

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As you know, I’m a historical romance author. So I’d like to share with you a little  history of the holiday in my favorite time period!

It is not surprising that food was a major part of a medieval Christmas. The holiday came during a period after the crops had been harvested and there would be little to do on a farm. If animals were not to be kept over the winter, now would also be a good time for them to be slaughtered for their food. This could leave a bounty of food that would make Christmas the perfect time to hold a feast.

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England’s King John held a Christmas feast in 1213, and royal administrative records show that he was ordering large amounts of food. One order included 24 hogshead of wine, 200 head of pork, 1,000 hens, 500 lbs of wax, 50 lbs of pepper, 2 lbs of saffron, 100 lbs of almonds, along other spices, napkins and linen. If that was not enough, the King also sent an order to the Sheriff of Canterbury to supply 10,000 salt eels.

Even at a slightly lower level of wealth the Christmas meal was still elaborate. Richard of Swinfield, Bishop of Hereford, invited 41 guests to his Christmas feast in 1289. Over the three meals that were held that day, the guests ate two carcasses and three-quarters of beef, two calves, four does, four pigs, sixty fowls, eight partridges, two geese, along with bread and cheese. No one kept track of how much beer was drank, but the guests managed to consume 40 gallons of red wine and another four gallons of white.

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Feasts were also held among the peasants, and manorial customs sometimes revealed that the local lord would supply the people with special food for Christmas. For example, in the 13th century a shepherd on a manor in Somerset was entitled to a loaf of bread and a dish of meat on Christmas Eve, while his dog would get a loaf on Christmas Day. Another three tenants on the same manor would share two loaves of bread, a mess of beef and of bacon with mustard, one chicken, cheese, fuel for cooking and as much beer as they could drink during the day.

What has not changed over the centuries? The desire to wish our friends and family a happy holiday season. Click on the image below and join my friends at the Tower of London for a medieval celebration!

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  1. I read Merry Christmas Henry just recently because my Dad’s name was Harold and his sisters all use to call him Henry. I was missing him as Christmas was favorite holiday. Although the story brought tears to my eyes it was such a beautiful story and would make a lovely Christmas movie. Thank you for Merry Christmas Henry. Have a wonderful holiday.

    1. Yomari, my mom bought the coolest DVD that has a crackling fire. She pops it in and pretends her TV is a fireplace. We had a bit too much wine last Christmas and could have sworn it through off some heat. 🙂

  2. I will have a very quiet Christmas. I will be house/pet sitting for some rich folks. It’s okay, because the pay is good, I love the pets, and I love their old Charleston SC home. Plus, she’s a great boss.

  3. I enjoy reading in a comfy chair inside when the winter winds are blowing outside. Thanks for the history!
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  4. I like to see snow outside my windows (though we don’t get that often here) and a nice book by the heater or a fun movie with my kiddo.

  5. I like walking my dogs in all the seasons, winter included. They seem invigorated by the cold crisp air. But if it’s too cold, they would rather stay in and snuggle.

  6. When I’m not working or on the computer, I like to lay in bed and read books on my Kindle 🙂 I truly Loved Merry Christmas Henry and Dante’s gift 🙂 🙂

  7. My winters aren’t nearly so extreme as others, so I pretty much keep doing the same things, except outdoor swimming all year round. Definitely reading, though! Thanks for the glimpse into the past and may your holidays and new year be wonderful!

  8. Where I live, it is pretty much warm every season, so it would really be nice to have a white Christmas sometime, lol. My favorite things to do in the winter are hiking and reading.Thanks for the chance!

  9. I’m not sure if my original comment posted because I’m having trouble with the WP login, so it was:

    Where I live, it is pretty much warm every season, so it would really be nice to have a white Christmas sometime, lol. My favorite things to do in the winter are hiking and reading.Thanks for the chance!

  10. I’m actually doing a PhD in medieval history, so this blog post was appropriate! John’s Christmas of 1213 at Worcester has led to speculation that he was buried in similar, if not the same, clothes in 1216 at Worcester.

  11. I already live somewhere warm (Florida) and I have no interest in snow or cold! One of the neat holiday traditions that we do around here is boat parades.

  12. I like to curl up with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate while snuggling with my dog or if the granddaughter is over, I love playing games with her.

  13. I’m in California and it’s not cold here. It did rain a little bit, but not on Christmas day. Actually on Christmas Day there’s very little traffic on the road, so I went for a scenic drive thru the mountains near me – that was fun!

  14. I curl up on my bed under soft blankets, with my TV on (for background), surround myself with my dogs (I need their company), open a good book, maybe some crackers (occasionally), have some iced tea, and relax for hours. Aahhhh.

  15. when its actually cold i snuggle under a blanket with a good book if it isnt cold then i get out and do what needs done as a grown up

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Bestselling and award-winning author Aubrey Wynne resides in the Midwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule and barn cats. She is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night. Obsessions include history, travel, trail riding and all things Christmas.
Her short stories Merry Christmas, Henry and Pete’s Mighty Purty Privies won the Preditors & Editors Reader’s Choice in 2013 and 2014. Dante’s Gift, a holiday novella received the 2016 Golden Quill award and was a 2016 Maggie finalist.
Her upcoming series “A Vintage Romance” was inspired by tales of her stepfather, who served for the British Air Force in WWII. Wynne’s medieval fantasy series “Medieval Encounters” will launch in 2017 with Rolf’s Quest.

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