A Victorian Christmas -- illustrated candlelight lecture by Carolyn Harris

Sunday, November 20

Carolyn Harris on Victorian Christmas customs at Toronto's First Post Office Museum -- illustrated talk, fireside tea and letter-writing with quill pens and sealing wax.

What could be more charming than a fireside tea and talk on Victorian Christmas customs? Renowned historian Carolyn Harris will give us an illustrated look into the holidays of the past, from Puritan times through the reign of Queen Victoria, who popularized many traditions that are enjoyed in many parts of the world today. Together with Charles Dickens's novel *A Christmas Carol*, she and her husband Prince Albert had the greatest impact on how we celebrate the holiday in our own century.

The afternoon includes a candlelight tea and festive treats served in the historic Reading Room, and letter-writing using quill pens and sealing wax. TFPO is one of the city's hidden gems, and in addition to being a full-service post office it has a delightful little gift shop full of unusual items. Don't forget your address book!

1-4 pm

260 Adelaide Street East in Old Town Toronto, just a few steps east of St James's Park.

$20, $15 for youth, students and seniors

Space is limited, and reservations are strongly encouraged. Call (416) 578-1031 for more information or book through www.JaneAustenDancing.ca

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