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- Saint Stephen's day is a day of great enjoyment. On that day, the young boys go out in the wren, and gather money. In Christmas eve night candles are lighted. The doors of every house are left unlocked on this night lest the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Child would be travelling outside, and would wish to come in. It is said it is good to die during the twelve days of Christmas because the gates of Heaven are open during those twelve days. Some people light candles on New Year's Eve to burn the old year out. The first person who should go into a house on New Year's day should be a man, and he should wish all a happy New Year. People also stop up until twelve o'clock on New Year's night to welcome the new year in.
The bells also ring at twelve o'clock to ring out the old year, and to ring in the new year. After midnight on New Year's Eve in some houses, the people stay(continues on next page)Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.