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The New Christmas Dinner Song

December 16, 2023
by the gentle author

If you fancy a bracing walk as a respite from the forthcoming festivities, tickets are available for THE GENTLE AUTHOR’S TOUR OF SPITALFIELDS on New Year’s Day.


Click here to order a signed copy of The Gentle Author’s new book ON CHRISTMAS DAY for £10


Click here to buy GIFT VOUCHERS for The Gentle Author’s Tours – the ideal present for friends and family – and I will send a handwritten greetings card to the recipients


I am grateful to John Foreman, Folk Singer and Printer of the Catnap Press in Camden Town, also known as The Broadsheet King, who kindly sent me his reprint of The New Christmas Dinner Song as originally published by Taylor of Brick Lane in the nineteenth century

John Foreman, The Broadsheet King

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2 Responses leave one →
  1. December 16, 2023

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful to travel back in time to experience a real Victorian Christmas? I get so immersed in the lives of my ancestors when doing my research, that I imagine that I am with them, taking part in the pantomime and then going home with them. Some lived like the Cratchits with barely two ha’pennies to rub together, but I am sure that they too did what they could to make a feast of Christmas Day. They could have my portion of goose though…….

  2. Cherub permalink
    December 16, 2023

    I was laughing reading this as I was thinking of someone singing the first part to the tune of The Camptown Races lol

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