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A QUAINT PEMBROKESHIRE CUSTOM.

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A QUAINT PEMBROKESHIRE CUSTOM. The Celt took the opportunity a week or two back of referring to the de- cadent carolling of the present day. Another old contributor writes on this sub- ject. By virtue of omnipresent powers we spent Christmas eve in Honey Harfat, Our slumbers were postponed by a bilulous performance of some ill-remembered music hall ballads, rendered in raucous tones by a small crowd who had but ]ust before heard the cheerful but probably unwelcome intimation 'Time, gentlemen, please.' And this in a town with ambition enough for an Eisteddfod." Not often do our London contemporaries find the customs of our remote county sufficient to interest their readers, despite the fact that so many Sir Benfro folks live within 5 miles of Paddington, but we take the Liberty of "lifting" the following from young "John Bull "w ho despite the fact that he has only yet seen one Christmas, is a very vigorous youngster, and on whose attain- ment of old age any Insurance office might safely gamble. In Pembrokeshire, on Twelfth Night, carol-singers used to carry about a wren, secured in a ribbon-bedecked cage—sometimes a stable lantern served the purpose—going from house to house and announcing their arrival by singing The Song of the Wren," a copy of which I happen to have by me. The wren's visit was a source of much amusement to children and ser- vants. Sometimes two or three wrens would be caged together, and their little house always had at least one window. So far as we have heard this is the first record of a quaint local custom. The writer seems to have con- clusive proof of his assertion, but the con- tribution bears no signature. At Tenby, as Dynbych points out there is another quaint custom. The children go round with cups containing "New Year's water," and with a spray of box, they sprinkle such of the inhabitants as they deem good enough for a new year's tip.

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