Highclere Castle, the actual estate seen in Downton Abbey, bustles with activity at Christmas. This behind-the-scenes look at the routines and rituals that make the season so royally festive includes special Advent traditions, raising of a 20-foot tree in the saloon, gathering of holly and mistletoe from the grounds, recipes for special meals, and more. This book also tells the story of historic Christmases at Highclere—of distinguished guests warming themselves by the fire after a long journey home through the snow, unexpected knocks on the door, and, always, the joy of bringing family and staff together after a busy year. Hardcover, 302 pages, beautiful color photographs throughout. Signed by the author, Highclere's Lady Carnarvon, while supplies last. Limit 4 signed copies per customer.