[Guyana Genealogical and Biographical Society] Vivid Recollections of the Xmas Festivities at Buxton By BUXTONIAN
Vivid Recollections of the Xmas Festivities at Buxton By BUXTONIAN
PEACE and quietness can truly be said to have reigned all through the festive season so far as Buxton was concerned. there was not an absence of jollity. mirth and pleasure among the populace, but whenever manifestation they made of them was very much tempered and modified. A walk around on Christmas day revealed that there was not made that kind of elaborate preparation which was a marked feature of old time Christmases. In times gone by there was always something to greet the eye, for even the humblest cottager did not neglect to show by his drapery over her cottage door and new or fancy blinds on the windows if balloons could not have been procured to give taste to the kind of decoration made, that it was Christmas – a season that must be given a kind of special welcome.
NO DRUM BEATING
There was no drum beating nor was there any street singing of wild songs with the usual accompanying gesticulations to disturb the stillness which prevailed throughout the day. It was Christmas Eve night that merriment made itself felt. As soon as the evening shades appeared the singing of Christmas Carols by various groups of young men and young women began; and they continued all through the night. This particular feature was unprecedented and the zest and excellence with which it was all done were commendable.
CHOIR IN GOOD FORM
The Catholics as has been the age long custom had their Midnight Mass and the little church of St. Anthony was as usually, brilliantly illuminated. There was the accustomed procession to the manager, but there was no profusion of gifts. The invitation to visit the Crib was given in the usual way by the singing of “Come! Come! Come to the Manger, children! come to the children’s king” which the choir beautifully rendered. the midnight Mass was followed by two others masses at daybreak. The Anglican, the Methodist, the Congregationalist, the Church of God, each had its own service after daybreak to celebrate the Christmas, and each congregation joined heartily in the singing of some of the hymns specially written to tell of the birth of the Saviour of Mankind.
On this day which in former years was always the grayest of the season when the young folks of both sexes endeavour to vie one with the other in their Christmas Sunday Garb, there was, not in evidence much to attract attention of the observer. there was much sobering down of any display in apparel as there was in public festivities. the usual crop of christenings followed by “Candels” was there and there were several unions of hearts and hands of young man and maidens; and one clergy man was heard to remark at marriage feast that he had his hands full and was kept busy nearly all day long baptizing, preaching giving communion, and marrying; and it was his good fortune not to be called upon to do any burying.
At Arundel Church a sacred Concert was staged in the afternoon, but the many attractions in other directions robbed it of the attendance it deserved. The items on the programme were all splendidly rendered and told of the energy and time that must have been expended in its preparation.
ON WITH THE DANCE
MONDAY was officially observed as Boxing Day and the sport-loving and holiday-merrymaking homesters and friends and acquaintances from abroad had a day all to themselves to indulge in their particular tastes and fancies at the picnics and dances that were promoted. At the Tipperary Hall, the Congregational Schoolroom, and the ideal Recreation Club Bungalow during the day as well as the night there was a jam session and patrons just let themselves go in the latest in jiving. Oh! how their hearts were light; how they danced and jived, though moon and stars were not shining bright, the while the bells of the orchestra went tinkle-ting.
Covering the Country Districts – the Daily Chronicle - Thursday, December 30, 1948: Page 6.
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