religion

December 26.

The Feast of St Stephen and also Boxing Day.

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 .

We sang Good King Wenceslas.

Tomorrow is the Feast of St John.

We will be having glasses of wine ( non alcoholic or otherwise ), decorated with lolly snakes.

Why?

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.

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