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by Maria Hubert


Everything you need to know about Christmas is here! .

In Memoriam
Countess Maria Hubert von Staufer

Well known Christmas writer and broadcaster Maria Hubert von Staufer; the Monmouth based author of many books including ‘Wartime Christmas’, ‘Jane Austen’s Christmas’, and Shakespeare’s Christmas’, died in a Spanish hospital following surgery in 2007. She was throughout the eighties and early nineties a popular guest on both Radio & TV including many appearances on BBC Radio Wales. 

In recent years she was to be found alternating between voluntary work for clergy internationally and maintaining a non commercial website which has enjoyed over two million visitors in the run in to Christmas. 

Please visit and enjoy the pages she prepared for your enjoyment ...

See the Table of Contents for a look at the structure of this web site. It can be reached from every web page by using the "Table of Contents" button that appears at the left of each page.


If you are searching for a particular topic or interest, use the Search to locate related pages.

For anyone who likes Christmas and all its customs, but does not share the Christian beliefs, please read on, you will find everything here relating to British Christmas social customs and traditions.

For those who enjoy the whole of Christmas with its Christian elements, this site will please you too, especially when I get all the links sorted out! You can also find out about Christmas Markets, Christmas Cribs and see lots of lovely pictures there, with links to the other sites. The Polishworld Site has so many fantastic links, many to religious pages and pictures of the unique Polish Creche, the SZOPKA.


The Delphi Forums are where you have a chance to have your say and invite comment. We naturally ask that your comments are politely put! Rude comments will be removed! Other than that be as honest as you like.

At present Christmas Archives have several discussions and Polls running where you can state your views for all to see. Currently being promoted are discussions about the Crèche of Bethlehem, where you can find out more, ask those questions you are not sure about, or exchange stories about the Crèche.

Another which asks 'Is Christmas Commercialism good or bad?' and invites your opinions - and dont for get to say WHY you feel the way you do.

A gentle discussion remembering Christmas in the 1950's - share your nostalgic memories with us and give us all a warm toasty feeling!

A Poll which asks how you feel about Christmas with five carefully selected questions to help us assess the current feeling.

Follow the links, and be ready to login with your own password to join this most interesting Forum


If you have a background from one of the countries of the British Isles, and you have a custom not listed here, I would be delighted to hear about it.

If you would like to share information about Christmas or join the discussion of Christmas resources, history, and web sites, please consider posting messages in my Christmas Archives Message Board, hosted by Forums. A brief registration is required along with your e-mail address, but all personal information will remain private. It is not available to advertisers or other Delphi members.

Here are some of my favorite sites. You will find many more in the linked pages listed above:

button Delphi Forums
button Polishworld Christmas
button Internet Bookshop in the UK for christmas books.
button on the Net for xmas books
button Christmasmarket Marketplace
button The Mining Co Urban Legends
button Santa's 50 Faves

I have to confess to those who have been complimenting me on my skills in producing a great site, that I have not been alone in this! As a writer, I have all the creative skills of the best of 'em - but even the best are nothing without their editors. I think I have found a really great editor to help me design and upload my page. A Web Specialist from the States, Walt Howe. My grateful thanks and acknowledgement to a skilful web designer and a great guy.

You can pay a visit to his site and find out more about Walt and his charming family at Walt's Internet Learning Center.

Please visit our companion site R3: Cymru, which helps military veterans ease the transition back to civilian life. This is a needed service for veterans and deserves your support at Christmas time or any time during the year.