Christmas Carols, Ancient And Modern

With Historical notes Lyrics & Sheet music - online book.

Home Main Menu Singing & Playing Order & Order Info Support Search Voucher Codes

Share page  Visit Us On FB

Previous Contents Next
the best receipts for mince-meat contain little or no meat, and it consequently keeps fresher, and eats lighter. The following is a valued receipt that has been handed down in a Cornish family for many generations, and the hand-writing of the re­ceipt book will vouch for its antiquity. " A pound of beef-suet chopped fine; a pound of raisins do. stoned. A pound of currants cleaned dry. A pound of apples chopped fine. Two or three eggs. Allspice beat very fine, and sugar to your taste. A little salt, and as much brandy and wine as you like. An ancient Cornish custom at Christmas." A small piece of citron in each pie is an improve­ment.
There is a superstition existing in some places, that in as many different houses as you eat mince-pies during Christmas, so many happy months will you have in the ensuing year. Something like this is mentioned in " Dives and Pauper," by W. de Worde (1496), where a custom is reprobated of judging of the weather of the ensuing twelve months, by that of the twelve days at Christmas. If Christmas-day fell on a Sunday, it was also thought fortunate. In the " Golden Legend," of the same printer, (folio vi.) is a more laudable pre­judice, " That what persone beynge in clene lyfe: desyre on thys daye a boone of God; as ferre as it is ryghtfull & good for hym; our lorde at reuerece of thys blessid & hye feste of his natiuite wol graut it to hym."
The North of England is celebrated for Christmas pies of a different description, composed of birds and game, and frequently of great size. Hone in his " Table Book," (vol. ii. p. 506.) gives the fol­lowing extract from the " Newcastle Chronicle" of 6th January 1770, describing a giant of this race. " Monday last was brought from Howick to Ber-

Previous Contents Next