In the book "Cattern Cakes and Lace" I found this tale about "The Hunting of the Wren", a horrible sounding custom which involved killing a wren and then asking for donations - How Gruesome!
December 26th is St Stephen's day but he is forgotten except for in the carol "Good King Wenceslas". But Wenceslas was a prince in Bohemia in the 10th century and the story in the carol is just fiction. It was probably the practice of giving money to servants or the poor that gave John Mason Neale the idea for the Carol in 1853.
Hope everyone had a lovely day yesterday. 10 adults and 3 small people was all a bit crazy!
Thank you for all the Christmas wishes, apologies I didn't have time to visit other blogs.
Most of this post is one I prepared earlier! normal blogging will resume when the house is back to normal.