The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Nog Money

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. 2, p. 441

In Scotland, upon the last day of the old year, the children go about from door to door asking for bread and cheese, which they call nog-money, in these words:

"Get up, gude-wife, and binno sweir,
    (i.e., be not lazy)
And deal your cakes and cheese, while you are here;
For the time will come when ye'll be dead
And neither need your cheese nor bread."

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