Anyone who loves Christmas traditions in bygone days will love Irving's Christmas at Bracebridge Hall. It is somewhere between a short story and a novella describing a visit to Bracebridge Hall in Yorkshire, England at Christmas time. It starts with the narrator's stagecoach ride through the English countryside in late December, his impressions of the great estate of Bracebridge Hall and the inhabitants. In rich detail, Irving describes everything about the holiday festivities over the next two days, from food to decorations to games they played. This story is a wonderful narration of an 18th Century Christmas and is not only a historical description of the traditions and customs of England in the past but a cozy and cheerful story which will put anyone into the Christmas spirit who reads it.
12/21/2016 02:45:33 pm
What is the difference between "Christmas at Bracebridge Hall" and "Old Christmas"? Are these simply two different names for the same story?
12/22/2016 04:30:33 am
12/22/2016 07:21:56 am
Merry Christmas, Amanda!
12/25/2016 06:17:23 am
Oh that would be so cool to see that play! I was telling my daughter to read this story yesterday and she recalls a scene in the series Gilmore Girls called "Christmas at Bracebridge Hall," where the main character throws a party by that name that sounds like the same time period. So we aren't the only ones who love it. Are we? I had never heard of the story until I stumbled onto it in a book of Christmas stories I recieved. I did a little more research and I am more confused than ever. Sometimes it seems like there are two different short stories sometimes one. I wonder if it a compliation of two stories he wrote about the same trip. Either way now I'm pumped to read it again. Merry Christmas Carey!
5/27/2022 12:33:36 pm
It starts with the narrator's stagecoach ride through the English countryside in late December, I truly appreciate your great post!
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