Sunday 24 December 1665

(Sunday). Up betimes, to my Lord Duke of Albemarle by water, and after some talke with him about business of the office with great content, and so back again and to dinner, my landlady and her daughters with me, and had mince-pies, and very merry at a mischance her young son had in tearing of his new coate quite down the outside of his sleeve in the whole cloth, one of the strangest mishaps that ever I saw in my life. Then to church, and placed myself in the Parson’s pew under the pulpit, to hear Mrs. Chamberlain in the next pew sing, who is daughter to Sir James Bunch, of whom I have heard much, and indeed she sings very finely, and from church met with Sir W. Warren and he and I walked together talking about his and my businesses, getting of money as fairly as we can, and, having set him part of his way home, I walked to my Lord Bruncker, whom I heard was at Alderman Hooker’s, hoping to see and salute Mrs. Lethulier, whom I did see in passing, but no opportunity of beginning acquaintance, but a very noble lady she is, however the silly alderman got her. Here we sat talking a great while, Sir The. Biddulph and Mr. Vaughan, a son-in-law of Alderman Hooker’s. Hence with my Lord Bruncker home and sat a little with him and so home to bed.

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Michael Robinson   Link to this

" ... to dinner, my landlady and her daughters with me, and had mince-pies, ..."

Another C17th. Christmas Eve celebration:

"Visitors to New France in the 17th century were amazed by the colony's holiday feasts, which often stretched to 20 or 30 courses. At one celebration on Christmas Eve 1665, prominent residents stayed up all night gorging themselves on pigeon pies, pâtés de volaille, legs of Bayonne ham with sweet raisin-lemon bread, and much more. Even the legendary French chef François Vatel—who is later said to have committed ritual suicide when certain ingredients for a banquet he was preparing in Louis XIV's honor didn't arrive on time—was "most impressed" by the spread."
http://www.bonappetit.com/magazine/2008/12/chri...

Bryan M   Link to this

"...and very merry at a mischance her young son had in tearing of his new coate quite down the outside of his sleeve in the whole cloth, one of the strangest mishaps that ever I saw in my life."

Sam shows he is still a tailor's son.

chris   Link to this

Absolutely no last minute Christmas shopping? No thought of the morrow? When did the Noel thing kick in?

Bryan M   Link to this

When did the Noel thing kick in?

Wikipedia suggests that gift giving and shopping got going in the mid nineteenth century.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas

mary k mcintyre   Link to this

Just another day of networking, Sunday-style -- eyeballing the other congregants for pretty women, good singing, standing as close as possible to one's betters.

Merry Christmas from Toronto, everyone. This is the 1st time in 42 years that it's been a white Xmas from coast to coast!

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"my landlady and her daughters"

Mrs. Clerke, Sarah Clerke and (the unlinked) Mrs. Daniels.

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Merry Christmas from...Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. ;-)

jeannine   Link to this

Merry Christmas from travels in Cairo! Made it out late in a snowstorm, delayed further by a plane mechanical failure and then another day and a half by an airline strike in Italy. Still hoping Santa will find our luggage. The good news is the sphinx says hi to all and with an intermittent internet connection I can visit Sam and wish you all the very best! Enjoy your holidays friends --you are all a wonderful present to me every day of the year!

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Poor Bess...

Safe travels, all...

Todd Bernhardt   Link to this

Best wishes for safe and happy travels Jeannine! And of course, here's to a safe, happy and healthy 2009/1666 to all assembed here!

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