We read about the tradition that the boxes placed in churches where parishioners deposited coins for the poor, were opened and the contents distributed on December 26 .
Tomorrow is the Feast of St John.
We will be having glasses of wine ( non alcoholic or otherwise ), decorated with lolly snakes.
Legend has it that the Emporer Domitian attempted to kill St John – by ordering him to drink a cup of poisoned wine. St John took and blessed the cup, and the poison slithered away in the form of a snake.