History of Christmas In Scotland & Ireland (1873) A Short Excerpt From Harper’s Magazine

Our limited space will not permit us to speak of Christmas customs in Scotland, which, however—making due allowance for difference in temperament—are quite similar to those of England.

There are the Yulelog and carol singers, the mummers, or guisarts, the mince-pies and plum porridge, with the added “Yule – dow” and “wad shooting.”

Nor may we, for the same reason, enlarge upon those of the Emerald Isle, where “purty colleens” seek four-leaved shamrocks on “Christmas-eve;” where the haggard banshee, sure precursor of impending evil, with wrinkled visage and great melancholy eyes, and white hair streaming in the wind, sweeps through the glen or gleams out of the darkness; where parish priests brew the whisky punch and bless it with a grace, while the lads and the lasses “fut” the merry jig with mirthful uproar, until the burning lights grow pale and the glowing peat burns low.

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