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Sunday, December 14

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. None are expensive, but every gift will have a special relationship to this blog, us, or Jane Austen. Today we offer directions for Jane Austen Bingo Cards, a game you can play with your family or Janeite friends during this holiday season. During Jane's time this game was known as Lotto and it was all the rage among the intelligencia, spreading quickly from France to every part of Europe. Back then the game was used for educational purposes as well as gaming. When Lotto made its way to the U.S., it became known as Beano, then as the more popularly known Bingo.

Gift Number Seven:

Our 7th gift is a link to Jane Austen Bingo cards. You may download the cards for free or make your own cards using their card creator. Click here for the directions to play this game and for making your own cards in this fabulous link.

Here are some of the directions you can download:

Notes: How long a bingo game lasts depends on what pace you read the clues at and how many players you have. If you read faster, such as for older or more experienced students, or if you have more players, the game tends to end more quickly. In general, I suggest allocating between twenty and thirty minutes to a bingo game. Since they can potentially end as early as the fourth word called, though that is quite rare, I encourage you to keep playing in the event of the game being over earlier than you expected it to be.

View our other gifts in these links:
Posted by Vic (Jane Austen's World) and Laurel Ann (Austenprose)

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