Mummering

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As children, we looked forward to Christmas and couldn’t wait to see if what, we marked in the Sears or Eatons catalogue, would be under the tree on Christmas morning. We also looked forward to mummering. Usually we had an old pillow case with eyes cut out so we could see where we were going. One christmas, I believe it was in 1958, a group of us were grouped in a circle,on the main road near the bridge at Hanham’s store. It was dark and the only lights were from the oil lamps in the homes. There were no street lights and no electricity. Someone may have had a delco to get electricity.

On this particular night, somebody or something dressed in a silver like suit, passed through our circle. It seems like someone said, boy that’s some mummering costume and the something disappeared. We were scared but I’m not sure if we ever told anybody what we saw.    

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Mummering in François, south coast of Newfoundland.
Mummering is a traditional custom which is still practised in many regions of Newfoundland today.
During the Christmas season, people disguised in strange costumes, visit local homes and participate
in holiday festivities such as singing and dancing. 

 

Mummering was quite popular when I was growing up. There was a time at christmas for the children to go mummering and also for the adults. I have some fond memories of dressing up as a mummer and trying not to be recognized. It was always with anticipation that we waited for the mummers to come to our house.
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