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Date: Dec 4 8:43 PM, 2018
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Blackleburr wrote:

... As for the worst, at least for Ross, I think it is the one we barely hear about - the one he spent in London between TFS and TAT. He must have felt awful enough to decide against going back home for Christmas, and then reproaching himself all the time for not having done so. But then, without Demelza around, at least he was free to skip going to church that Christmas - so perhaps that was some consolation


 

Blackleburr--this was my second choice for the worse the couple shared. Demelza would have been in Cornwall grieving over Hugh Armitage while Ross was in London brooding over Demelza grieving over Armitage.  At least she had the children. Ross was alone and probaby very miserable.

 

 



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Date: Dec 4 7:28 PM, 2018
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A year ago on a Christmas post I said my favourite Christmas was the one in "The Miller's Dance" and I am going to pick it the best for Ross and Demelza too.  It was a happy christening for baby Henry and he and Demelza were thriving.  The whole family was there and the surprise arrival of the piano that Ross had bought was a wonderful Christmas present.  "It was altogether a noisy Christmas for the Poldarks".  It seemed like Napoleon was being defeated by the Russians and "it was a time again for dancing on the tables".  Demelza played old songs and carols and everyone sang (probably even Ross) and the Christmas dinner at Nampara with friends and relations was a happy one.

I think the worst Christmases for both Ross and Demelza were when they weren't together.  In TSFTS Ross has been away far too long in Portugal and it sounds like at about Christmas time he had the influenza in Lisbon and couldn't come home on the earlier boats.  Demelza was worried and waiting.  Thank heaven for the Enyses.

It is nice to be reminded of all the other Poldark Christmases, some of which I had forgotten.  I thought the overwhelming choice would be the first Christmas at Trenwith which would be my second choice.



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Date: Dec 4 3:00 PM, 2018
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Mrs Gimlett wrote:

Which of the many Christmas celebrations throughout the novels do you think Ross most enjoyed?  What about Demelza?  Did she enjoy her best Christmas the same year as Ross?  Which was the worst for them both?


 

Ross's favorite Christmas was the one at the end of Warleggan--his Big Makeup with Demelza. He was finally financially stable and had at last worked through his feelings for E & D.

Ross's favorite celebration was in Bella, when he danced and briefly allowed himself to be carefree, tossing the weight of the world off his shoulders.  

Demela's worst: her second Trenwith Christmas, in Jeremy. Compared to her first, when she won the day, Elizabeth re-claimed her crown and her 'ascendancy' over Ross. 

Demelza's best: one of the best was in The Angry Tide, when her brothers, Verity and her family, and Dwight, joined her family and celebrated at Nampara.

The worst for both was probably in the TS.  



-- Edited by Hollyhock on Tuesday 4th of December 2018 03:01:29 PM

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Date: Dec 4 10:19 AM, 2018
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I was going to pick the same as the best one, Mrs Gimlett. As for the worst, at least for Ross, I think it is the one we barely hear about - the one he spent in London between TFS and TAT. He must have felt awful enough to decide against going back home for Christmas, and then reproaching himself all the time for not having done so. But then, without Demelza around, at least he was free to skip going to church that Christmas - so perhaps that was some consolation



-- Edited by Blackleburr on Tuesday 4th of December 2018 03:07:38 PM

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I think perhaps one of the Poldark's most enjoyable Christmasses was the year Clowance was born.  Ross was relieved that Demelza had come through the ordeal safely, Clowance was wrapped up well against the bitter cold of that snowy spell and he and Demelza were still basking in the joy of having rediscovered each other. Jeremy was just at that age when Christmas becomes exciting.

Caroline was with them at Nampara, adding some wisecracks and accompanying Ross on his visit to Aunt Agatha, the Warleggans being in Truro, which gave Ross a chance to see Trenwith, his spiritual home, again. But all the time they couldn't be at absolute peace because Dwight was imprisoned in France. Another example of WG writing realistically.  He knew how rare occasions are when everything is near perfect. 

When the snow fell, the family banked up the fire, ate good food, charged their glasses and chatted into the night. 

Proper job.

The worst time in my opinion was Christmas 1815.  Neither R nor D felt like rejoicing, but made a show of it for the sake of the young ones.  At least the event on 26th December took their minds off their grief for a while. *

*I am trying not to spoil things for Dave, who has yet to read the last few books.

 

 



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Date: Dec 3 8:58 AM, 2018
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Now that Advent calendars are being opened and the countdown has begun, I thought we should discuss something seasonal.

Which of the many Christmas celebrations throughout the novels do you think Ross most enjoyed?  What about Demelza?  Did she enjoy her best Christmas the same year as Ross?  Which was the worst for them both?



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