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TITLE
A Ross-shire Christmas
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_MFR_XMAS1930S_03
DATE OF RECORDING
1991
PERIOD
1990s
CREATOR
unknown
SOURCE
Moray Firth Radio
ASSET ID
1801
KEYWORDS
Xmas
traditions
audio

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In this audio extract, a resident of Easter Ross recalls how, in the past, the New Year celebrations took precedence over Christmas. The extract is from Moray Firth Radio's 'Recollections' series.

Before the war, Christmas wasn't celebrated where I lived in Ross-shire, in Easter Ross. Christmas was just another day. Everybody went around their work as usual and Christmas, as far as I was concerned, was just another day, another working day. We used to hang up our stockings on Hogmanay, and you got your present in your stocking on New Year's morning. Probably an apple, an orange, maybe if you were lucky a little bag of sweets, and probably a sixpence. Well, you did get probably presents from your very near relatives, but that again was usually kept for New Year; socks, a scarf, gloves, and there again, there was no extra big meal on Christmas day. Your big meal was on New Year's day. I didn't know much about Christmas until I went to school and started school parties. So that was my first knowledge of Christmas. Of course, you had your Christmas carols and course, we were regular church attenders, and you knew that at that time of the year it was Christmas, but on the other hand it was very near New Year

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A Ross-shire Christmas

1990s

Xmas; traditions; audio

Moray Firth Radio

MFR: Inverness Recollections

In this audio extract, a resident of Easter Ross recalls how, in the past, the New Year celebrations took precedence over Christmas. The extract is from Moray Firth Radio's 'Recollections' series.<br /> <br /> Before the war, Christmas wasn't celebrated where I lived in Ross-shire, in Easter Ross. Christmas was just another day. Everybody went around their work as usual and Christmas, as far as I was concerned, was just another day, another working day. We used to hang up our stockings on Hogmanay, and you got your present in your stocking on New Year's morning. Probably an apple, an orange, maybe if you were lucky a little bag of sweets, and probably a sixpence. Well, you did get probably presents from your very near relatives, but that again was usually kept for New Year; socks, a scarf, gloves, and there again, there was no extra big meal on Christmas day. Your big meal was on New Year's day. I didn't know much about Christmas until I went to school and started school parties. So that was my first knowledge of Christmas. Of course, you had your Christmas carols and course, we were regular church attenders, and you knew that at that time of the year it was Christmas, but on the other hand it was very near New Year