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December 2009


Posted by Chris Owen on 22 December 2009

On the 30th and 31st of December between 11am and 12.30pm we will be making Calennig gifts(like the one in the picture above!)

At 2pm there will also be a chance for you to sing with the Calennig gift you have created. It's going to be so much fun!

And if you are wondering what the apple on a stick is all about, here's what Trefor M. Owen has to say in his fantastic book 'Welsh Folk Customs':

'The giving of gifts on New Year's Day is an ancient custom once widely observed but more recently displaced by the growing importance of Christmas and Christmas presents. The collecting of calennig (New Year's gift)is a Welsh form of this custom.

[...]the collecting of calennig began early in the day and continued until noon. An account published in 1819 describes the custom in the following words: 'New Year is marked by all the children in the neighbourhood forming themselves in little groups and carrying from house to house their congratulations and good wishes for the health and prosperity during the ensuing year, which are symbolized by each bearing in his hand an apple stuck full of corn, variously coloured and decorated with a sprig of some evergreen, three short skewers serve as supports to the apple when not held in the hand, and a fourth serves to hold it by without destroying its many coloured honours.''

Christmas Art cart

Posted by Chris Owen on 22 December 2009

Well, we've been pretty busy on the art cart making wrapping paper, squishy stars, paper-plate angels, pop-up cards and garlands. Everyone who came by stayed a while and made some beautiful things. Unfortunately I didn't manage to take any photographs of your work, so if you made anything and are using it to decorate your house please email me a picture!

Here are some of the things that I made as examples and then took home!

Happy Christmas and see you all in the New Year!

Art Cart - 5,12,19,21,22,23 December

Posted by Chris Owen on 4 December 2009

This Saturday on the art cart we will be getting ready for Christmas by making wrapping paper, tags and decorations. There will also be some Christmas colouring sheets for little ones.

As usual, the art cart will be in Oriel 1, St Fagans: National History Museum between 11-1 and 2-4.