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'Downton' mania!

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: January 3, 2014
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Downton Abbey has been downsized in this ornament from Kurt S. Adler.

Apparently immersing ourselves in the opulent world of Downton Abbey via the TV screen isn’t enough for some of us.

A whole slew of Downton Abbey products is reaching the market. The latest to reach my desk is the Anna’s Promise rose (named for the long-suffering servant Anna Bates) from mail-order retailer Breck’s and a series of Downton Christmas ornaments coming out from Kurt S. Adler.

Other sellers that have gotten into the Edwardian act include the British retail chain Marks & Spencer, which is selling Downton Abbey beauty products; California’s Wines That Rock, which is producing a Downton Abbey claret; and even a London-based paint company that’s selling Downton-inspired paint colors, the Associated Press reported.

Beacon Journal food writer Lisa Abraham and I have gotten into the spirit, too, teaming up on a two-part series on throwing an opulent dinner party worthy of the upper-crust Crawleys. Part one ran Wednesday in the food section. Part two will be in tomorrow’s home section, but you can read it online here.

And be sure to tune in at 9 p.m. Sunday when the series returns for its fourth season on PBS.

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