Above: Jane Austen's House and Museum at Christmas.
Everything is constantly evolving and nothing ever stays the same – from our use of language to the way we celebrate Christmas. Today in most homes the kitchen is the hub of activity throughout the year and even more so at Christmas – where everyone wants to gather and if you are lucky, to join in and help with the preparations.
Our Beau-Port showroom is located close to Jane Austen’s House and Museum, and to what was her brother’s home, Chawton House. Christmas for Jane Austen and her family and friends was a much lower key event than the season we celebrate today. It had not yet developed into the elaborate festival known to the Victorians and was much more of a religious occasion.