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Christmas in 1842

Published January 15, 2008        by Nicole

Two special seasons are, however, devoted in the large towns to merry meetings - Christmas and New Year's Eve. At St. John's on St. Stephen's Day, little boys go about from door to door with a green bush from the spruce trees decorated with ribands and paper (in which, if they can get one, is a little bird, to represent the wren) and repeat the following verse, or something of the same kind:- The wren, the wren, the king of all birds, Was caught on St. Stephen's Day in the firs, Although he is little, his honor is great; So rise up, kind madam, and give us a treat. Up with the kettle, and down with the pan; A penny, or two-pence, to bury the wren. Your pocket full of money, and your cellar full of beer, I wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. This ancient custom as well Read more