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Mummers

This is the predictable question almost every visiting tourist will ask. A Newfoundlander knows and remembers...

Mummering is a centuries-old tradition that takes place over the 12 days of Christmas in the outports of Newfoundland. It involves dressing up in interesting (to say the least!) disguises, going visiting and getting up to a bit of mischief. A lace curtain or tea towel hides the face, clothes are worn inside out or backwards and underwear is worn over outerwear. "Men dress as women and women dress as men," goes the song. Once in disguise, the mummers set out for a night of fun in the community, going from house to house, at each one asking the ritual question on an inbreath, "Any mummers 'lowed in?" The mummers might then have a swally of rum or syrup, play the fiddle, accordion or ugly stick and dance a jig or two with granny.

Not as common as it once was, mummering lives on in Newfoundland art and craft. Let's all hope that the tradition continues to revive....

  • Belle from Belleoram Mummer Ornament
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    Meet Belle from Belleoram, 2017 Mummers the Word ornament!

    Belle is getting on a bit now, but she still loves the mummers. She no doubt has fond memories from when she was younger of listening to Simani who were from her part of the world and did as much as anyone to help revive the tradition of mummering with their Mummers Song. The cat has taken the opportunity to cozy up while Belle takes a spell, but her foot is tapping and we have no doubt she will have a few scuffs before the evening is out.

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  • Phonse and Wavey from up the Shore Mummer Ornament
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    Meet Phonse and Wavey from up the Shore, 2013 Mummers the Word ornament!
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  • Lloyd from Lumsden Mummer Ornament
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    Meet Lloyd from Lumsden, 2013 Mummers the Word ornament!
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  • Kit from Quirpon Mummer Ornament
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    Meet Kit from Quirpon, 2018 Mummers the Word ornament!

    Most Saturday nights you’ll find Kit down at the Legion playing with his band The Roadside Gardeners, but come the twelve days of Christmas you might not recognize him as he’ll be all rigged up and out jannying with the crowd and ready with a tune to make you want to sing along or get up and have a few scuffs.

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  • Kit from Quirpon Mummer
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    Meet Kit from Quirpon, 2018 Mummers the Word!

    Most Saturday nights you’ll find Kit down at the Legion playing with his band The Roadside Gardeners, but come the twelve days of Christmas you might not recognize him as he’ll be all rigged up and out jannying with the crowd and ready with a tune to make you want to sing along or get up and have a few scuffs.

    *Limited Edition (2018)

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  • Kids and the Dog from Down the Beach Mummer Ornament
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    Kids and the Dog from Down the Beach 2014 Mummer Ornament!
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  • Harry from Harbour Deep Mummer Ornament
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    Meet Harry from Harbour Deep 2010 Mummers the Word ornament!
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  • Gert from Baie Verte Mummer
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    Meet Gert from Baie Verte, 2016 Mummers the Word!

    If anyone knows how to have a fine time mummering it’s Gert!. We are not sure where she got the corset, but it probably wasn’t at her local store! Don’t forget, when the music starts, get up and have a few scuffs yourself.

    *Limited Edition -2016

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  • Fergus from Ferryland Mummer
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    Meet Fergus from Ferryland, 2016 Mummers the Word!

    Fergus is from ‘up the Shore’ at Ferryland – the Irish heart of Newfoundland and Labrador. He has brought his bodhrán so he’s ready for a time and he looks like he’s brought the makings of a lunch too. We’re not sure that his unemployment boots go with his girlfriend’s nightie, but then getting rigged up to go mummering was never about fashion sense!

    *Limited Edition -2016

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  • Clar from Cupids Mummer Ornament
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    Meet Clar from Cupids 2010 Mummers the Word ornament!
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  • Belle from Belloram Mummer
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    Meet Belle from Belleoram, 2017 Mummers the Word!

    Belle is getting on a bit now, but she still loves the mummers. She no doubt has fond memories from when she was younger of listening to Simani who were from her part of the world and did as much as anyone to help revive the tradition of mummering with their Mummers Song. The cat has taken the opportunity to cozy up while Belle takes a spell, but her foot is tapping and we have no doubt she will have a few scuffs before the evening is out.

    Unfortunately Belle arrived with a missing "e" - the second "e" in Belleoram in her name written on the base. We are not sure where she lost it, but we would like to apologize to Belleoram and our customers for its absence.

    *Limited Edition-2017

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  • Ambrose from Heart's Delight Mummer
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    Meet Ambrose from Heart's Delight, 2008 Mummers the Word! 

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