"If they were at home to grace the ball, a ball you would have this very Christmas."
- Mrs. Norris, Mansfield Park
I have always wanted to have a Christmas Ball. Once or twice growing up they had the church youth dance close to New Year's be a dress-up/formal one, but it wasn't the same. It wasn't Christmas. I wanted a Christmas Ball.
Today I watched the last 2/3 of HP and the Goblet of Fire, and there they had their Yule Ball. A dress-up-fancy dance at Christmas time. With the kind of dancing and music that you see at the beginning of their ball.
Yes, indeed. I would love a Christmas Ball. (With modest dresses, of course!) But I guess I just have too many Mrs. Norrises who think nothing of a Fanny Price, and say a ball will not be given because other supposedly more deserving women are not present to be given the ball. Where oh where is the Sir Thomas who would give a Christmas Ball "principally for [my] gratification?"