December Cam'

DESCRIPTION: The day before Old Yule comes with wind and snow. The maiden cleaning the lum [chimney] slipps on her bum. She bakes bread and cleans the house. We get bread buttered and hot but cups and dishes "cam' rowin frae the pantry"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1909 (GreigDuncan3)
KEYWORDS: humorous religious
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Greig 59, p. 2, ("December cam, the twenty-fift'") (1 fragment)
GreigDuncan3 636, "December Cam'" (1 text)

Roud #6096
NOTES [72 words]: Greig: ." .. a rhyme about Yule, which was written, my correspondent thinks, by an Inverkeithney man, an Episcopalian, as a kind of satire on the way Presbyterians held Christmas." In this regard, the first verse begins "December cam' the twenty fift Accordin' to the aul' time." For more background on the reaction to the introduction of the Gregorian calendar, and its effect on the Yule celebration, see the notes to "Auld Yule." - BS
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