© Danielle Loranger
It's been years since I've been out in the mummers. I miss the fun of throwing together a disguise, laughing our way from house to house, guitars and bodhrans and uglysticks in tow.
Another house visiting tradition is the visitation of the wren. The Wren was traditionally done on Boxing Day. Visitors would take a small effigy of a bird and recite this poem:
The visitor would then be offered food or money for the performance.The wren, the wren, the king of all birds.St. Stephen’s Day he was caught in the furze.Although he was little, his honour was great.Give us a penny to bury the wren.And we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
The tradition of the wren was beginning to die out in our part of the province, so it was nice to see it revived again this year. A local woman and a group of young helpers visited and performed The Wren, then offered each house they visited a small bird ornament. It was a wonderful boxing day treat.
Here's hoping you enjoy your holidays, and that whatever traditions you hold dear make the coming year extra special.