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Saturday, December 20

The Twelve Gifts of Christmas

Inquiring readers, During this month of holiday celebrations, Laurel Ann and I will be offering the Twelve Gifts of Christmas. Some of the gifts will be giveaways, others will be free offerings online, and still others will be great gift ideas for you to give to others. Every gift will have a special relationship to this blog, us, or Jane Austen. Today we are happy to present instructions for making a kissing ball.

Gift Ten: Instructions for Making a Kissing Ball

In 18th century England, tradition stated that if a maid received a kiss on the cheek under a kissing ball, she would soon be married.

Click here to read The Kissing Bough byBy Judith H. Simpson and Margaret Lorine, Judith H. Simpson, Margaret Lorine, a partial Google Book.

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Posted by Vic (Jane Austen's World) and Laurel Ann (Austenprose)


nigel said...

I'll take a dozen, please.

Ericah said...

Another one of those cool Christmas craft ideas. Thanks!

Nicol said...

Thanks for posting this. I've always wanted a kissing ball. Old fashioned and romantic!