Thursday, December 24, 2020
Advent Traditions - Children in Normandy set Fields on Fire
Taupes,cherrilles, et mulots,
Sortez, sortez, de mon clas,
Ouje vous brule la barbe et los os.
Donnez-moi des pomes a miriot.
Mice, caterpillars, & moles get out of my field!
I will burn your beard and bones!
Trees and shrubs, give me bushels of apples!
The children were like the coming Christ child who would drive all evil from the earth. "As the Christ Child drove away sin, so do these children drive away vermin."
See William Hone, The Year Book of Daily Recreation and Information. London: Thomas Tegg, 1832. December 5.