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Guestion for Master's Mates in Research

What was a normal birthday celebration like? For kids?

I am pretty sure no birthday song, or special cake, or candles. What would Horatio and Archie experienced on birthdays?

This is for a story.

Thanks guys


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Feb. 25th, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
Hmmm good question... I have never come across a historical account of a child's birthday from this period but I suspect that's mainly because I've been reading naval history! I wonder if there is any mention of children's birthdays in Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer?

I would guess that children might have received a small gift and perhaps a treat of some kind if their parents had the means.

I got a brown paper bag of plums from my granny for my 5th birthday and it's about the only childhood birthday present that I can remember to this day!
Feb. 25th, 2011 05:01 pm (UTC)
I am imagining child Horatio getting a book.

Archie, I am more of two minds about. His parents obviously had means, but also more kids. I bet he would have liked a new book too.

I usually got a new book, (One year a bicycle which was declared 'too big' and put into the attic for months.)
Feb. 25th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
Yes I can imagine Horatio getting a book too. Maybe Archie got taken to the theatre? :)

One year a bicycle which was declared 'too big' and put into the attic for months
Awww that's rubbish! How horribly frustrating.
Feb. 25th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
Yes the bike thing was absolutely rubbish. I was so disappointed.

Makes sense that Archie would get taken to the theater. A winter birthday for him then, I guess.
Feb. 25th, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
I was so disappointed.
Awww poor small Eglantine :( Few things make me sadder than the thought of a disappointed child.

A winter birthday for him then, I guess.
Archie's birthday is the 12th of February. I have Decided. And no one will convince me otherwise!

Feb. 25th, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
Feb 12 sounds good to me. The Kennedy family got a nice new baby in grim old February when nothing fun ever happens!
Feb. 25th, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC)
Good! All the best people have birthdays between January and March :)
Feb. 26th, 2011 01:10 pm (UTC)
Heee. March babies are lambs!
Feb. 26th, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
My baby is a March baby :) Oh and Bartholomew likes lambs!
Feb. 26th, 2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
He's no bigger than a lamb is he? A lamb could just bounce him right over!
Feb. 26th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
Lambs at this season bouncing up and landing at a different angle - awww nice thought
even if Bartholomews thoughts centre more on chops ...
thank you for the message btw = sorry have been rushing about a bit ltely but am still here really!
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