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Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i chi, oddi wrth Catchphrase
Mari Lwyd does the rounds
Mari Lwyd brings good luck at Christmas. Photo taken 1904-10 Llangynwyd.
( © National Museum of Wales)
A Welsh Christmas and New Year
We've brought together lots of information to help you enjoy a truly Welsh Christmas and New Year. You'll find out how people used to celebrate the festive season, about people's beliefs and what they ate and drank.

o Welsh customs - from Mari Lwyd to making taffy, and how the Welsh may have invented "trick or treat".

o Superstitions - why we look out for holly, ivy and mistletoe - and beware of red-headed visitors!

o Audio - listen to plygain singing, calennig rhymes and some stories associated with Welsh Christmas customs.

o Greetings - just enough Welsh to send a friend a special greeting in a card or on a gift tag.

o Mrs Beeton's Recipes - Christmas fare of the highest quality from the turn of the last century.

o Other festive websites - more Welsh customs, games, puzzles, celebrations around the world and antique Christmas cards.

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