Answers: A Regency Christmas
Here are the answers to my Regency Christmas Quiz at the WordWenches Blog:
- Wassailing means:
b) to drink to the health of a fruit tree
- A roasted capon was a dish commonly served at Christmas. A capon is:
c) a castrated cockerel
- Frumenty was often served at Christmas. Frumenty is:
a) a dish made with grains, dried fruit, nuts and sugar
- Bullet pudding was:
a) a game involving flour that was often played at Christmas – Google ‘bullet pudding’ for a full description of the game.
- Which of these foods was NOT eaten at a Regency Christmas feast?
d) chocolates – hot chocolate was served as a drink, but the process where by cocoa was made into solid chocolates had not yet been invented.
- Which of these was thought to bring bad luck?
c) decorating with greenery before Christmas Eve
- The first member of the English royal family to display a Christmas tree was
b) Queen Charlotte in 1800 – Queen Victoria popularized the Christmas Tree and made it fashionable, but she wasn’t the first royal to have one.
- Under Oliver Cromwell’s rule (1649-53 — and yes, I know this is well before the Regency, but it’s interesting, I think)
d) Christmas celebrations were outlawed – they were considered to be more pagan than Christian.
- Mince pies in the Regency contained:
b) dried fruit and meat
- Which traditional Christmas game involved snatching raisins our bare fingers from a flaming bowl of brandy?
- When is Twelfth Night?
d) 5th January
- What was a traditional aristocratic activity for Boxing Day (26th December)