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LOCAL NOTES AND QUERIES 781: CHRISTMAS CUSTOMS IN THE MIDLANDS
*Nottinghamshire Weekly Express, *21st Dec.1888
Article about various Christmas customs including the following section:
"Of the rest my notice must be brief. The mummers were wandering actors who gave public performances of boisterous tomfoolery and rude masquerading at this season of the year. The custom may also be traced back to Saturnalia. For a long time it existed under priestly check under the guise of 'mystery' and 'miracle plays', though largely shorn 'for this occasion only' of the religious element which was usually imparted to these plays. They were often repressed by the authorities as they were sometimes used as a convenient cloak for wreaking vengeance by means of assassination and other injuries upon private enemies."
Locations: Midlands Years: Publ. 1888 Subjects: Play; Mystery Plays; Miracle Plays; Christmas; Mummers; Saturnalia Archives: Ref.: TD00178; Local Notes & Queries Scrapbook, Vol.1, pp.30