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British Isles Customs: Evergreen wreaths are placed on the front door. A Christmas Yule log is brought in & children hang stockings over the hearth fire. Father Christmas brings gifts & they are placed under the Christmas Tree decorated with ribbons, cards, candles, & tiny satin wrapped presents. Victorian illustrators show him as either a pagan figure with icicles or ivy around his head or a saint. He fills the stockings with small gifts, food, apples, Sevilla oranges, & nuts. Christmas crackers, foil wrapped party favors with treats, are very popular. (4)
|Tan Billey Ollick cheet veih Germany.|
Mysh hoght bleeaney roish ren Ben Rein Victoria cheet hug stoyl reeoil,
er yn nuyoo laa as feed jehn vee meanagh jehn gheurey ayns y vlein hoght cheead yeig as nuy as feed,
veh ayns pash as currit er yn voayrd lesh 3 straneyn dy chainleyn kere shellan, cullyrit, as veh coodit lesh jesheenyn.
Cha nel ny cliaghtaghyn shoh Manninagh. (17)
The Christmas Tree comes from Germany.
About 8 years before Queen Victoria came to the throne,
on the new day twenty-ninth of the middle month of winter in the year eighteen hundred twenty-nine 1829,
it was in a pot, & placed on the table with 3 rows of wax candles, colored, & it was covered with toys .
These customs are not Manx. (17)
Caroling: On Christmas Eve people go caroling. A Carol: love song is sung to a harp or sometimes a violin. In Welsh this is called eisteddfodau: session. (4)
Divining: If a spinster on Christmas Eve pours melted lead into cold water, it will turn into the shape of the tools her future husband will use. A doctor will be represented by a lancet, a writer by a quill, a surveyor by a chain, a mason by a mallet, and so on. – Emma Mary Thomas