Christmas in Wales: Archive TV clip of Plygain


BBC Wales is marking the festive season by showing clips from its archive that examine the age-old traditions that made Christmas and the new year in Wales special.

In west Wales, Christmas day celebrations started before first light with a "plygain" carol service.

It meant rising early (or staying up overnight) to attend the plygain service at the parish church between 03:00 GMT and 06:00 GMT.

Young people, in particular, would pass away the time making cyflaith (a Welsh recipe for treacle toffee) and then spend the rest of the night decorating the house with holly and mistletoe.

This extract is from A Welsh Way of Life, an archive documentary series which looked at the change in lifestyles over the years.

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