Today, December 21st is the Winter Solstice...the shortest day of the year, and the longest night of the year.
Am so glad we will now be turning towards more daylight.
Photo above of Stonehenge....
And today, December 21st is aldo St. Thomas' day in the liurgical calendar which has a tradition, mostly faded away, of "A-Thomasing" in rural agricultural areas. St. Thomas was said to be especially generous to the poor.
Thomasing, also called Gooding and Mumping involved the less fortunate folks in a rural community visiting the better off and being given goods and gifts to celebrate a good Christmas. Although in some areas, only older women and widows participated, in some areas it was more general. One of the derivations of the various Saxon & Norman words used brings us Wassailing, which you probably have heard of, if not Thomasing.
The day is supposed to have been accompanied by carol singing house to house, and many still use December 21st in England as the day to begin caroling around towns and villages
Some of the recorded chants in various villages and counties around England...
The above quotes from different areas are taken from: