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    1. This seems to have an interesting relation to the tradition of wassailers and "luck visitors" traditions or The Christmas Mummers (1858). The song We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Roud Folk Song Index #230 and #9681) from the English West Country (Cornwall) was popularized by Arthur Warrell (1883-1939) in 1935. It contains lyrics "We won't go until we get some" in relation to figgy pudding and seems very similar in form to Mari Lwyd songs used to gain access to people's homes and hospitality. An 1830's version of the song had a "cellar full of beer" within the lyrics.

      I'm curious if the Roud Folk Song Index includes any Welsh songs or translations that have similar links? Perhaps other folk song indices (Child Ballads?) may provide clues as well?

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  5. Dec 2021
    1. I grew up in a small town called Surry on the coast of down-east Maine. At Christmas, most everyone in our town bought their trees at Jordan's Tree Farm. $5 per tree, cut at your own risk. Thinking back, it seems funny to me now, since after all, this is rural Maine, the pine tree state. And you'd think everyone could cut their own trees on their own land. And it's not like the trees at the Jordan farm were so special. Pretty much everyone called them Charlie Brown trees. People came because of Robert Jordan. They were loyal to him, and they figured he could use the money.
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    1. Dominic Minghella. ‘Wow. SAGE Scientist Prof Andrew Hayward on Newsnight Unequivocal: “I Won’t Be Getting My Family Together for Christmas.” Young People and Old People Together a Recipe for Disaster/Snatching Defeat from Jaws of Victory/Wait till Easter and Have a Proper Get-Together. #Newsnight’. Tweet. @DMinghella (blog), 25 November 2020. https://twitter.com/DMinghella/status/1331374249001578497.

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  10. Dec 2019
    1. 7 Most Popular Xmas Apps for Your iPhone & Android

      Santa Claus is coming to town and bringing a lot of amazing Christmas apps for you to enjoy. These were our pick for the best Christmas apps this year. If you have an amazing Christmas app idea then you must consider an app startup.

  11. Dec 2018
    1. "During Christmas, there's a log that you feed scraps of food, and then he poops presents when you hit him with a stick and sing a song!"

      I heard about this when I was in Barcelona last spring!

  12. Dec 2017
    1. eatured searchlight-style spotlights visible up to 16 miles away, a to-scale Hogwarts model in the garage, and a 19-foot illuminated piano on the lawn.

      Could JK Rowling sue for royalties?

  13. Dec 2015