Old Christmas



This elegant gift edition brings together Washington Irving’s five Christmas stories in a single volume, presented with a delightful gold-embossed cover design and gilded page edges.

Originally published in 1819-20, the five stories in Old Christmas describe English traditions of Christmas and recount the festivities that Irving experienced while visiting Aston Hall, (here known as ‘Bracebridge Hall’), a Jacobean mansion near Birmingham, UK.

‘Christmas’ reflects on the meaning of Christmas and the ceremonies and festivities that attend it. ‘The Stage Coach’ follows the protagonist as he spends Christmas eve in a small town during a coach stop. ‘Christmas Eve’, ‘Christmas Day’ and ‘The Christmas Dinner’ recount Irving’s memories at Aston Hall, including the sumptuous banquet and joyful family time of the Christmas dinner.

These nostalgic recollections of Christmas traditions in 19th century England are a perfect way to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

ABOUT THE SERIES: Arcturus Ornate Classics are beautifully bound editions of iconic literary works across history. These compact, foil-embossed hardbacks are printed using deluxe ivory paper and make the perfect gift.

ISBN: 9781398820524
Publisher: Sirius Entertainment
Pub Date: 10/2022
Format: Hardcover

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