Nollaig Shona Duit
  Vol 1     Number 10                                                                  Fourth Week
                                                           
Irish News USA E-Missive
                                 December, 2009                       
 
In This Issue


First Feature:
Irish Christmas
Traditions
Part 2 of 3





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First Feature:

Irish Christmas Traditions
Part Three:

The Wren Boys and
St. Stephen's Day

St Stephen's Day, December 26 is one of nine official Holidays in Ireland.  In Northern Ireland and throughout the United Kingdom, the day is also known as Boxing Day,
also an official Holiday.

The Feast Day of St. Stephen commemorates the
first Christian Martyr.
St. Stephen
He was stoned to death by an angry mob under the auspices
of Saul of Tarsus,  who later became St. Paul.
In Ireland, the day after Christmas is a common day
for visiting friends and family
and hosting neighbors and family. In Ireland, in some districts, the gentry would have
a kind of open house and offer food to the neighbors. We have also heard of open houses at
some parishes but we have no written source for that. We do know the custom of visiting and being called upon by relatives and friends was very common throughout Ireland and is carried on to this day.
The open house custom the day after Christmas  extended
to Irish-America and is still fairly common in Texas and
the Southern US.
The Wren Boys are also a prominent fixture in Irish lore on
St. Stephen's Day. The practice of a group of singing boys going around from house to house on St. Stephen's Day
was a long held tradition in Ireland for hundreds of years.

The wren, the wren, the king of all birds,
On Saint Stephen's Day was caught in the furze.
Up with the kettle and down with the pan,
Pray give us a penny to bury the wren.

...Traditional Irish Verse

Sometimes the boys would go around in costumes, or deck themselves in straw and blackface.  In 1840, the Mayor of Cork issued a proclamation against the signing processions of  boys on the grounds of the cruelty inflicted on the hapless wren.

The two most common reasons for the custom are both Irish Legends. The first is that it was a wren who inadvertently
gave away the hiding place of the aforementioned St. Stephen, the early Christian martyr.
The second legend of the origin of the custom  goes back about 1100 hundred years to the Norse invasions.  A group of native Irish were going to counter attack a Norse stronghold and
their hiding place was given away by a wren who pecked on a drum that had some crumbs of bread dropped upon it.
In both versions of the legends, the boys seek revenge on the wren for its betrayal.
For better or for worse, only in the past 30 to 40 years is this custom fading from popular culture in Ireland.

THIS WAS THE THIRD AND FINAL PART of our
Irish Traditions series.

Nollaig Shona Duit Agaibh Do Gach Duine
Our GREETINGS BANNER at the top of
this issue is Irish Gaelic for...
"Merry Christmas to You
and to Everyone"...

It is pronounced...

Nollig honna gwits     agiv doe gak dwina...

Here is a link to last week's Irish E-Missive.
Archive/IrishNews/E-Missive#9
Thanks for reading us. Merry Christmas!  ED


Irish News USA Public Service Block

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Tuesday, December 29
Cleary Irish Dancers will be performing
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Media City Ballet World Christmas Show


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Cleary Irish Dancers will be performing at Disneyland!

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Friday, January 8, 2010
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JOHN McCUTCHEON in concert;
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