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Halloween

The Lord of Misrule was elected with his duty to ensure continuous merriment from New Years Eve until 12th Night

It was also the start of the season for performing Mummers Plays, in which a character was killed by Winter, to be revived by the Doctor, as crops die in winter but regrow in Spring

The players were led in by a rather fearsome Father Christmas yielding a club, who was master of ceremonies, though in some areas he used the club to carry out the murder. The collection tin which was passed around after the plays was the main reason the mumming tradition lasted, as the plays were never accepted by the church at any time. The parallels between the basic plot and the Easter story are purely incidental. The church replaced the mummers plays with Nativities, re-enacting the Christmas story.

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