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YULE LOG CEREMONY

THE SENIORS PREPARED A LOG WITH PINE BOUGHS, BOWS, HOLLY AND ANYTHING
ELSE PRETTY AND CHRISTMASSY THAT THEY COULD GET AHOLD OF. THEN, ONE
EVENING SHORTLY BEFORE THE GIRLS WENT HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, THE
SISTERS CARRIED OUT THE LOG IN PROCESSION DOWN THE DRIVEWAY TO THE
FRONT OF THE SCHOOL, AND WERE FOLLOWED BY PAIRS OF GIRLS, ONE HOLDING
A LIGHTED CANDLE, THE OTHER, A SONG BOOK, SING CHRISTMAS CAROLES.
(CAROLS) THE SR. CLASS OFFICERS EACH GAVE A SHORT SPEECH ON A VIRTUE
AND PASSED THE CANDLES OF LOVE, TRUTH, LOYALTY AND TRADITION ON TO
THE SUCEEDING OFFICER IN THE JUNIOR CLASS. THE CEREMONY WAS FOLLOWED
BY A PARTY INDOORS.
ANNUAL CELEBRATION, GIRLS BOARDING SCHOOL SINSINAWA, WISCONSIN

Submitter comment: THEIR ANNUAL CELEBRATION, GIRLS BOARDING SCHOOL, SINSINAWA, WISCONSIN

Data entry tech comment: AT MANY ALL GIRLS SCHOOLS THEY HOLD SIMILAR CEREMONIES TO

Where learned: WISCONSIN ; GIRLS BOARDING SCHOOL ; SINSINAWA

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Yule log

Date learned: NOT RECORDED

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An Irish Lullaby

Sleep, o babe, for the red bee hums,
The silent twilight's fall,
Eval from the grey rock comes
To wrap the world inthrall.
A lyan van o, my child, my joy,
My love and heart's desire,
The crickets sing you lullaby
Beside the dying fire.

Dusk is drawn and the green man's thorn
Is wreathed in rings of fog.
Sheevra sails his boat 'til morn
Upon the starry bog.
A lyan van o, the pal'y moon
Has wrapped her cusp in dew
And weeps to hear the sad sleep tune
I sing, oh, love, to you.


 

Submitter comment:

An authentic Irish song as I remember we sang it each year on St. Patrick's Day at the girls' boarding school I went to.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: GIRLS BOARDING SCHOOL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Cradle song Lullaby

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