Christmas at Highclere

Christmas at Highclere

Recipes & Traditions From the Real Downton Abbey

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Highclere Castle, known as 'the real Downton Abbey', bustles with activity at the best of times, but it is never more alive than at Christmas. Christmas at Highclere is a look behind the scenes at the routines and rituals that make the castle the most magical place to be throughout the festive season. Lady Carnarvon will guide you through Advent, Christmas preparations and Christmas Eve all the way through to the day itself, and beyond. Learn how the castle and grounds are transformed by decorations, including the raising of a twenty-foot tree in the saloon, the gathering of holly and mistletoe from the grounds. All the intricacies of the perfect traditional Christmas are here: from crackers and carol singers. The festive feeling is carried through to Highclere's Boxing Day traditions, the restorative middle days and the New Year's Eve celebrations. This book also tells the story of historic Christmases at Highclere of distinguished guests warming themselves by the fire after a long journeys home through the snow, unexpected knocks on the door, and, always, the joy of bringing family and staff together after a busy year. As well as telling the stories of Highclere Christmases past and present, Lady Carnarvon provides recipes, tips and inspiration from her kitchen so that readers can bring a quintessentially British festive spirit to their own home. Lady Carnarvon divulges the secret to perfectly flakey mince pies, the proper way to wrap presents so that you and your guests are guaranteed a Christmas to remember.
Publisher: London : Century, 2019
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781848095229
Branch Call Number: 641.5686 H5376C 2019
Characteristics: 319 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm


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debwalker Dec 24, 2019

Christmas at Downton!

Dec 24, 2019

A most delightful read. Very interesting historical tidbits--and I LIKE historical--about the Highclere castle, and all the celebrations (traditional as well as spiritual) of the Christmas seasons. Each chapter includes recipes relational to the chapter. I won't spoil it for anyone by declaring the contents further. I found it to be worth the read!

JCLPiepieB Dec 07, 2019

This is an absolutely dazzling book! Written by Fiona, 8th Countess of Carnarvon, this volume is a festive and intimate look at how Highclere Castle (where DA was filmed) celebrates the holiday season, from Advent to Epiphany, and including Christmas and Boxing Day. The focus is more on Highclere than on Downton, so if you weren't familiar with the show, but still had an interest in cooking, baking, and Christmas decorating, you would still appreciate this book. The photos are gorgeous, and this book is packed with recipes, history, legends, and lore. A nice companion to a long winter's night.


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