An Christmas Irish custom….

*The Irish custom of “feeding the wren” on December 26 consists of carrying a wren door to door, to collect money for charity. The custom is based on a legend of St. Stephen. Once he was forced to hide in a bush, but a chattering wren gave him away. Children cage the wren to help it do penance for this misdeed. Often the children carry a long pole with a holly bush at the top, which is supposed to hide a captured wren.*

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