In a message dated 97-12-17 23:59:04 EST, Bruce wrote:
" Dear Friends,
I received the message below and I am afraid I have no recipes specific
to the Christmas Holidays. Can any of you help out?
Bruce L. Jones
The Mojave Desert - The Geographic Center of Nowhere "
This is not specifically about recipes but it comes from a book called
"Christmas Around the World".
"On Christmas Eve in Ireland, a lighted candle is placed in a window and the
door is left open so that the Holy Family will stop to rest on their way to
Bethlehem. Thus it is traditional to offer food and shelter to strangers.
Holly decorates the candle in the window which is put into a scooped out
turnip or in a container filled with bran or flour and is lighted by the
youngest of the family. Sometimes in church 12 candles are lighted
representing the 12 Apostles with a large candle in the center representing
On Dec 26th, St. Stephen's day, several boys, called wrenboys, go from
house to house carrying a holly bush with a wren on top while they sing a
little song hoping to collect pennies to buy candy or provide a party:
"The Wren, the wren, the king of all birds;
St. Stephen's day was caught in the Furze.
Although he is small, his family is great,
Open up Lady, and give us a "Trate"".
Children help with the cooking and baking. They love to shell nuts and prepare
the fruits that are used in the traditional Christmas puddings and cakes."
I hope this entertains some people. Nolliag Shona