Today, we’re staying quite close to home, with a tradition from Wales. It’s the Mari Lwyd! This strange looking thing is a horse skull, carried on a pole by someone hidden under a sheet.
The idea is that the people carrying the Mari Lwyd call at all the houses and each time they sing songs asking to come in. And the householders sing songs saying why they can’t come in, like a competition.
In the end, of course, the Mari Lwyd and everyone with it does come in, and we all have a festive drink!
While you’re here Fury, what’s on the calender? Oh, a sort of Christmas elf!
Gino is telling us about a Christmas story from Italy. They tell of an old woman called Befana, who flies on a broomstick. Some say she is looking for the baby Jesus, but she stops at every house where children hang out stockings.
Oh! Here she is! Now. I wonder if she thinks we’ve been good this year, or naughty. If we’re good, we get presents, if we’re naughty we get a piece of coal, or a stick.
Phew! I think we’ve been good. Thank you Befana!
So, what’s the picture today. Ah, it’s the Man in the Moon!
In El Salvador, they like to celebrate Christmas with fireworks! We have decided to have some safe indoor fireworks. Arnold has laid out a special fireproof mat to protect the carpet. Look at the Roman Candles!
Oooh, aaah, look how pretty this one is!
We’ve got sparklers too! Winston and Vincent like to make swirly patterns, but Fury always shows off and writes her name!
What’s in the window today Esther? Ah, a little church!