Jane Christmas

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Jane Christmas
BornJane Elizabeth Grimshaw
(1954-01-22) 22 January 1954 (age 66)
Toronto, Ontario
Occupationtravel writer, memoirist
EducationBachelor of Arts
Alma materCarleton University, Ottawa
Notable worksAnd Then There Were Nuns; What the Psychic told the Pilgrim
SpousesColin Braithwaite (m. 2011); Brian Christmas (m. 1990-1996); Peter Hodgson (m. 1979-1988)

Jane Christmas (born 1954) is a Canadian travel writer,[1][2] who was a shortlisted nominee for the Stephen Leacock Award and the Word Awards in 2014 for her memoir And Then There Were Nuns.[3] The book chronicles a year she spent in various convents while deciding whether to marry for a third time or to take up a vocation as an Anglican nun.[1] In 2011, she was accepted as an associate with the Canadian Anglican religious community, the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine.

Christmas was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario to an Anglican father and a Roman Catholic mother. Her father John Grimshaw was a newspaper reporter with The Canadian Press before joining the field of public relations as one of its early practitioners.[2] Her mother Valeria was also a reporter and editor (The Canadian Press, Don Mills Mirror).[2] She was educated at St. Clement's School and Loretto Abbey, and graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts (English and History).[2] Moving to Hamilton, Ontario, she began a long career as a newspaper editor and journalist,[4] working for Canadian Press, The Globe and Mail, the Hamilton Spectator and the National Post, and later as a public relations manager in the public sector, before devoting her time exclusively to writing. A founding member of the Hamilton Civic League, she remained in the city for more than 20 years. She currently lives in England.

She has published five books of what has been categorised as travel writing but of which she prefers to call journey memoir,[4] and co-wrote A Journey Just Begun (2015) for the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine in Toronto.


  • The Pelee Project: One Woman's Escape from Urban Madness (2002)
  • What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim: A Midlife Misadventure on Spain's Camino de Santiago de Compostela (2007)
  • Incontinent on the Continent: My Mother, Her Walker, and Our Grand Tour of Italy (2009)
  • And Then There Were Nuns: Adventures in a Cloistered Life (2013)
  • Open House: A Life in Thirty-two Moves (2020)[5]


  1. ^ a b "And Then There Were Nuns author Jane Christmas". Ottawa Sun, October 21, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d "Contemporary Authors Online". Biography In Context. Gale. 2011. Retrieved February 10, 2016.
  3. ^ "Bill Conall wins 2014 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour". CBC News, April 24, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "And Then There Were Nuns: Jane Christmas explores the call of the convent". Vancouver Sun, October 4, 2013.
  5. ^ janechristmas.ca

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