The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #121939   Message #2780453
Posted By: Jack Blandiver
04-Dec-09 - 08:55 AM
Thread Name: The re-Imagined Village
Subject: RE: The re-Imagined Village
All a bit quiet in the village in the build up to Christmas; a few lights here and there, but nothing too tacky on the advice of the Community Association who have frowned heavily on such things. Even the residents of Rivington Lea have been asked to tone it down this year, but from the evidence thus far it seems unlikely. The 'trees have been up since early November, the kids are at fever pitch, and the late night Karoakes blare from house to house where huge Homer Simpson Santas bounce about in the chill winds and each house is ablaze in fierce competition to outdo those neighbouring.    Recommendations to the Community Association that such Luminos and attendant festivities be accommodated for their folkloric significance have been rejected by the members of the Folk Song, Morris & Mumming Side Committee, aka The Green Man's Morrice, who insist that theirs is the only genuine folklore on offer in Rivington and any association with the crass council house chavs is to be avoided altogether.

Last year Community Association chairperson and Mummer Dr Quentin Jameson, PhD. caused quite a stir when he ad-libbed a couplet to The Traditional words thus:

In comes I old Father Christmas.
Am I welcome or am I not?
I hope old Father Christmas will never be forgot
As Christmas comes but once a year
And when it comes it brings good cheer,
A pocketful of money and a cellar full of beer,
Roast beef, plum pudding and mince pies:
Who likes that any better than I?
But in these dark times, sees no one gives a toss;
I best be on my way before they nail me to a cross.


When asked who they were, he declined to comment, but it might be noted that Mr Jameson's name was mentioned in connection with a certain petition advising that Rivington become a Gated Community, with Rivington Lea most definitely without its boundaries. He is also instrumental in making sure that all Christmas decorations in the village comply with Traditional Folkloric Precedents - stating that external House Lights aren't proper folklore because they are shop bought. One wonders just which Santa will end up being nailed to a cross this year...