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Mummering is alive and well in many parts of the world, is it where you are from?

Christmas with Mummers is part of our tradition in Newfoundland, I do know it is huge in some cities in the US, but is it where you are from?
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I've never even heard of it. Would you like to explain what it is about?
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Originally Posted by sugar142286 View Post
I've never even heard of it. Would you like to explain what it is about?
(a exerpt from a blog I wrote a lil while ago

One tradition that has etched its way into our Christmas culture is the practice of Mummering (or where I am from, Riverhead, Hr. Grace, it is called Jannying). Mummers, for those who are not familiar with this practice, are people dressed in disguise and who visit your home during Christmas, knock on your door and ask “any mummers allowed in”? or “any Jannies allowed in”?
Once invited inside they will sing and or dance and will expect a drink, usually some sort of alcohol was given. We were given home brew (homemade beer), most of the houses had large blue barrels next to their oil or woodstoves, I guess a good place for fermentation.
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I've got a page about it on my site: http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/wassailing.shtml

I live in South West England and there's still some wassailing round here. Lots of apple orchards to wassail! Many old Somerset wassailing things involve vast quantities of cider and shotguns - not always a good combination!!!!
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I've got a page about it on my site: http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/wassailing.shtml

I live in South West England and there's still some wassailing round here. Lots of apple orchards to wassail! Many old Somerset wassailing things involve vast quantities of cider and shotguns - not always a good combination!!!!
Wonderful, would love to use this on my blog as I do not have much European content, with the exception of Dingle Ireland
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Wonderful, would love to use this on my blog as I do not have much European content, with the exception of Dingle Ireland
WhyChristmas, you have an impressive site, love it. Thank you for sharing it with me.
Do you mind if I send it to a few friends? We have our provincial Mummers Festival this weekend and this content would be great for educational purposes.
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Ron, please feel free to pass the site to to whoever you like!

The site's had nearly 1million hits this week and the more the merrier!!!!

To find out customs in my part of the world, this is a very good book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Somerset-Chr...dp/0750906049/ should be able to get it in the USA although I don't know what the shipping would be!
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I never heard of it...but find it funny....especially the name
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Omg!!!

I have over 500 hits this week LOL!!!!

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Ron, please feel free to pass the site to to whoever you like!

The site's had nearly 1million hits this week and the more the merrier!!!!

To find out customs in my part of the world, this is a very good book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Somerset-Chr...dp/0750906049/ should be able to get it in the USA although I don't know what the shipping would be!
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