Jane Christmas

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Jane Christmas
Born Jane Elizabeth Grimshaw
(1954-01-22) 22 January 1954 (age 64)
Toronto, Ontario
Occupation travel writer, memoirist
Nationality Canadian
Education Bachelor of Arts
Alma mater Carleton University, Ottawa
Period 1990s-present
Notable works And Then There Were Nuns
Spouses Colin Braithwaite (m. 2011); Brian Christmas (m. 1990-1996); Peter Hodgson (m. 1979-1988)
Children 3

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 discerning 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 before joining the field of public relations as one of its early practitioners. [2] Her mother Valeria was also a reporter and editor.[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] She had a long career as a newspaper editor and journalist,[4] including for Canadian Press, The Globe and Mail, the Hamilton Spectator and the National Post, and later as a communications manager in the public sector, before devoting her time exclusively to writing. In 2012, she moved to England.

She has published four books of travel writing,[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)


  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.

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