Re: Thought for the Day (Happy Boxing Day!)/addendum

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Posted by Christina on December 27, 2000 at 14:05:34:

In Reply to: Re: Thought for the Day (Happy Boxing Day!) posted by Christina on December 27, 2000 at 13:58:24:

: : : : : Irish Coffee is the perfect breakfast because it contains all four adult food groups: fat, sugar, caffeine and alcohol.

: : : : : (Anon)

: : : : Huggy.....

: : : : Not to correct, but to add.......there are five elements in the adult food forgot the prescription pain killers!

: : : : And i think the British celebrate the Feast of St. Stephen today (according to the Chieftain's "Bells of Dublin" album).

: : : : Uncle Dave

: : : ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

: : : St Stephens Day is not generally celebrated in England, it is very much an Irish celebration - I am not sure about north of the border....Miss Katie? Is it Boxing Day or St Stephens Day in Scotland?!

: : : HM

: : >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

: : Now THIS was an excellent 'Thought' for today, let me tell ya!

: : Do the Scots celebrate St. Stephen's Day? Well, yes and no. The Scots consider the 26th as 'Boxing Day'. However, in Scotland, at all the Church services on Christmas Eve, (throughout all denominations), collections are taken but instead of going to the church as they normally would do, the proceeds of these collections are handed over to various charities, which have been selected. This is normally done on the 26th, in recognition and in celebration of St. Stephen's Day.

: : Kate.

: Okay, good, I knew the Mohican board might provide me an answer to yet another thing I don't know/understand. I researched St. Stephen's Day after hearing the Chieftains sing about it on "Bells of Dublin" and basically learned it was celebrated by groups of men wandering around with a dead bird (specifically, a wren) impaled on a stick, singing and performing at houses until provided with the appropriate amount of money/liquor/food as compensation. Is this true? If so, what does a dead bird on a stick have to do with St. Stephen? Please explain, someone! This so befuddled us that a friend of mine who is a research librarian in New York tried in vain for a week to find the answer to this information and couldn't...
: waiting in anticipation, Christina

Sorry -- an addendum. I neglected to stress that the brief mention I heard about this bizarre bird-on-a-stick thing stated that this custom was practiced WAY back during the middle ages, not today.

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