Tag Archives: Christmas

Christmas turns to Sommer: A Christmas tale pt 5

In the last episode, Celestina Elizabeth Christmas’s sisters got married. Celestina was still living with her parents and younger brother Alfred at their house in King Square in Finsbury, north London. In 1852, at 24, she was still marriageable, but … Continue reading

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A Christmas tale pt 4 – what next for Celestina Elizabeth?

Welcome back to the Celestina Christmas story. In the previous episode, we left little Celestina (born 1846) living with my ancestors, Thomas and Julia Harrington and their daughters, Hannah and Rebecca (my 2x great-grandmother). Her mother, Celestina Elizabeth Christmas, was … Continue reading

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A Christmas tale pt 3 – baby Celestina and the Harringtons

In the last episode of the Celestina Christmas story, we left the older Celestina – born in 1827 – pregnant at the age of 17. This was a disaster for an unmarried girl. She was now ‘soiled goods’ and unlikely … Continue reading

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A Christmas tale pt 2: The first Celestina

Welcome back for the second part of our Christmas tale. Last time we met little Celestina Christmas, a ‘visitor’ at the Harringtons’ house in Hackney when the 1851 census was taken. I began to wonder about Celestina. I’ve got quite … Continue reading

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A Christmas tale (part 1)

Welcome, friends and neighbours. Take a seat near the fire. Help yourself to some punch, or tea, and of course a slice of this fine cake. The sun’s set this Christmas Day and, as you know, in the time of … Continue reading

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2104 Christmas genealogy meme

Ah, the Christmas holidays. Time off work and the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on the radio (a Christmas Eve tradition for many in the UK). What better time to catch up with my geneapals around the world and … Continue reading

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Christmas memories

Christmas is a time for memories – making new ones as well as revisiting the past. Walking along the street today and looking at the decorated trees in people’s windows, I found remembered images of Christmas Eve and the day … Continue reading

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On the twelfth day of Christmas

So the decorations are down and the cards are ready to be recycled. It’s a flat sort of day. Especially since the next day is a Monday this year, and Real Life starts up in earnest for everyone. Until the … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

A century or two ago – the time I’m blogging about – Christmas celebrations  began on the 24th or 25th of December. The feast went on until Twelfth Night (January 6th). So I’ll be blogging more about Christmas past over … Continue reading

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Book sale – special Christmas offer

This offer is now closed – thank you to everyone who ordered ‘A Rebel Hand’ at the reduced price!   From today until December 24th we’re offering A Rebel Hand: Nicholas Delaney of 1798 at the special price of £6.50, … Continue reading

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