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Newfoundpod Episodes 12 & 13: My Christmas Traditions, Newfoundland Traditions

I hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday. Today, I’m going to tell you about my own Christmas traditions and some Newfoundland Christmas traditions, some that have stuck around and most that have gone away.

ARCHIVAL MOMENTS: Tippling on Tibb’s Eve
Christmas in Black & White


Encyclopedia of Newfoundland
Divination by Melting Lead
Rock Recipes – Cold Plate
The Wren
Mummers Festival
Five Festive Celebrations in Newfoundland and Labrador

NewfoundPod Episode 11 – Newfoundland Mummers

Mummering in Newfoundland can be traced back to the early 1800s, and was brought here by our Irish and English ancestors. So what is mummering? During the 12 days of Christmas, a group of people, usually family and friends, dress up in costumes and visit homes in their communities. If they are lowed in (and they are usually lowed in) they put on a performance that includes dancing, playing music (hopefully someone brought their accordion) singing and telling jokes. Meanwhile, the homeowners try to guess who is in the costumes, and once they guess correctly, they can offer them food or drink. The mummers, or jannies as they are known in some places, stay a while before leaving for the next house.

The costumes themselves were never anything elaborate. They were just designed to keep people from guessing who you are. Men dressed as women, women dressed as men. They wore their underwear on the outside. They borrowed someone else’s clothes because they might get recognized in their own. They’d wear flour sacks on their heads with holes cut out for the eyes.


Land & Sea Archive Extra: Storm of 66

Since I am on a bit of a disaster kick, my sister sent me this CBC video, of another disaster that I hadn’t heard about.

Land & Sea archive extra: Storm of 66
A winter storm wiped out most of the stages in Petty Harbour and the Outer Battery