Christmas Diversions: Christmas games, amusements and forfeits


19th century Christmas celebrations among family and friends typically featured games and parlour entertainments. This slim paperback book, Christmas Diversions, provides a guide to a variety of games designed to be played in groups during the holiday season. The book also suggests forfeits for the losing participants – many of which appear to be thinly disguised opportunities for flirting. It is therefore unsurprising that the book declares, ‘Crying the forfeits is generally considered as the most important part of the amusement of a Christmas party’.

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Christmas Diversions / Evening amusements; or, A new book of games and forfeits ... with full and plain directions for crying the forfeits, and numerous amusing and diverting penances, for ladies as well as gentlemen.
estimated 1826, London
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British Library

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