JANUARY 2ND – THE 9TH DAY OF CHRISTMAS OR IS IT?

Reading Museum's copy of the Bayeaux Tapestry.  King Edward in Westminster. To the right in his Palace. The the left in his coffin on the way to burial in the new built Westminster Abbey
Reading Museum’s copy of the Bayeaux Tapestry. King Edward in Westminster. My Virtual Walk ‘LONDON. 1066 AND ALL THAT VIRTUAL WALK’ is this Sunday 9th Jan. Book here:

But is it? Wikipedia says it is the 9th Day as the first is Christmas Day. But the Perpetual Almanac of Folklore by Charles Kightly counts from Boxing Day so for him it is the 8th Day and I have seen this in other older sources. For example: Gervase Markham’s ‘The English Husbandman of 1635 says:

‘What weather shall be on the sixth and twentieth day of December, the like weather will be all the month of January.’

This is the idea that the weather on each day of Christmas is linked to the weather in the corresponding month. So the first day of Christmas for Markham is the 26th not the 25th.

But if it is the 9th Day we can therefore expect the weather in September 2022 to be unusually warm and sunny. Otherwise an unusually warm August!

Today, is special for the Cybele, Isis, Aphrodite and Ishtar, and the Vigil for St Genevieve of Nanterre. Paris. (more tomorrow).

Wassail Bowl being brought in by a Servant into a dining hall on Christmas Day
From ‘Old Christmas’ by Washington Irving

Time to go around and about your neighbours and get out the Wassail Bowl.

Into the bowl is first place half a pound of sugar in which is one pint of warm beer; a little nutmeg and ginger are then grated over the mixture, and 4 glasses of sherry and 5 pints of beer added to it. It is then stirred, sweetened to taste and allowed to stand covered for 2 to 3 hours. Roasted apples are then floated on the creaming mixture and the wassail bowl is ready.

The Curiosities of Ale and Beer,by John Bickerdike, published about 1860 from a Jesus College Oxford recipe of 1732. (From Recipes of Old England by Bernard N. Bessunger

One Reply to “JANUARY 2ND – THE 9TH DAY OF CHRISTMAS OR IS IT?”

  1. Ste Geneviève, thanks to her prayers, saved Paris from Attila. He didn’t even attack the city.
    She was born in Nanterre and died on January 3rd, 512, aged 89.
    There is a fountain in Nanterre, near the cathedral.

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