The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Hansel Monday and Tuesday

Source: Brand's Popular Antiquities Of Great Britain

W. Carew Hazlitt, Faith and Folklore: A Dictionary of National Beliefs, Superstitions and Popular Customs, Past and Current, With Their Classical and Foreign Analogues, Described and Illustrated.

Forming A New Edition of "The Popular Antiquities of Great Britain" By Brand and Ellis, Largely Extended, Corrected, Brought Down To The Present Time, and Now First Alphabetically Arranged.

In Two Volumes

London: Reeves and Turner, 1905.

Vol. 1, p. 304

"The minister of Moulin, in Pershire, informs us, that 'beside the stated fees, the master (of the parochial school there) receives some small gratituity, general two-pense or three-pense, from each scholar, on Hansel-Monday or Shrove-Tuesday. It is worth mentioning that one William Hunter, a collier, was cured in the year 1758 of an inveterate rheumatism or gout, by dreaming freely of new ale, full of barm or yest. The poor man had been confined to his bed for a year and a half, having almost entirely lost the use of his limbs. On the evening of Hansel Monday, as it is called (i.e., the first Monday of the New Year, O.S.) some of his neighbors came to make merry with him. Though he could not rise, yet he always took his share of the ale, as it passed round the company, and, in the end, became much intoxicated. The consequence was, that he had the use of his limbs the next morning, and was able to walk about. He lived more than twenty years after this, and never had the smallest return of his old complaint."

Note:

Also see William Hone's account of Handsel Monday.

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