British Goblins: Welsh Folk Lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions (1881)
Book 3 Chapter 4
All about bell-ringing competitions between villages at Christmas time, the 'Pipes of the Watch' who wake the echoes in the early morning. We also hear about the games, music and Eisteddfodau of Christmas. Sikes tells us about the origins of Boxing Day and the Druid feast of Alban Arthur, celebrated at the Winter Solstice.
- Nadolig, the Welsh Christmas 1:35
- Bell-ringing 3:13
- Carols 4:20
- Dancing to the Music of the Waits 6:37
- An Evening in Carmarthenshire 8:44
- Shenkin Harry, the Preacher, and the Jig Tune 12:26
- Welsh Morality 13:03
- Eisteddfodau 14:26
- Decorating Houses and Churches 16:04
- The Plygain 17:40
- The Colliers Star 18:47
- he Christmas Thriftbox 19:24
- Pagan Origin of Christmas 21:52
Names Used in this Section
All proper names, and words in Welsh or other languages, are recorded here in the show-notes and we've done our best to get the pronunciations right for you.
Arthur & Merlin
Waits (band of wandering musicians)
ayont the twal
Rev. Evan Harris
Gwynt traed y meirw (wind blowing over the feet of corpses)
Rhodd Nadolig - Christmas gift
The 'Thrift' Box
'jour de l'an'
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