A Christmas custom? (rather belated, I know!)
Posted by Caroline on December 31, 1997 at 16:24:13:
I found this yesterday. It's a bit late, but since we have so little about Georgian Christmases, I thought it was worth putting up. It's by 'anonymous' and dated 'sometime in the eighteenth century.'
Now Christmas is come, and now Pappy's come home,
With a Pegtop for Tommie; a Hussit for Sue;
A new bag o' marbles for Dick; and for Joan
A Work-box; for Phoebe a Bow for her shoe;
For Cecily, singing, a Humming top comes;
For dull drowsie Marie a Sleepingtop meet;
For Ben, Ned and Harry, a Fife and two Drums;
For Jessie a box of nice Sugarplumbs sweet.
Now, has anyone any idea where Pappy had been? Or what a 'pegtop' and a 'sleepingtop' are?
(source? A christmas card!)
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