The names of Father Christmas, his Children, with their attyres.
(What???You didn’t know that Father Christmas was married? And who is his bride? Why, none other then VENUS :Good Lady Venus of Pudding-lane, you must go out for all this.)
I’ve highlighted the FOOD babies.
In a velvet Cap with a Sprig, a short Cloake, great yellow Ruffe like a
Reveller, his Torch bearer bearing a Rope, a Cheese and a Basket,
A long tawny Coat, with a red Cap, and a Flute at his girdle, his Torch-bearer
carrying a Song booke open.
Like a fine Cookes Wife, drest neat; her Man carrying a Pie, Dish, and Spoones.
Like a Tumbler, with a hoope and Bells; his Torch-bearer arm’d with a Cole-staffe,
and a blinding cloth.
POST AND PAIRE.
With a paire-Royall of Aces in his Hat; his Garment all done over with Payres,
and Purrs; his Squier carrying a Box, Gards, and Counters.
In a blew Coat, serving-man like, with an Orange, and a sprig of Rosemarie guilt
on his head, his Hat full of Broaches, with a coller of Gingerbread, his Torch-bearer carrying a March-paine, with a bottle of wine on either arme.
In a Masquing pied suite, with a Visor, his Torch-bearer carrying the Boxe, and
Like a neat Sempster, and Songster; her Page bearing a browne bowle, drest with
Ribbands, and Rosemarie before her.
In a short gowne, with a Porters staffe in his hand; a Wyth borne before him,
and a Bason by his Torch-bearer.
Drest like a Boy, in a fine long Coat, Biggin, Bib, Muckender, and a little Dagger; his Vsher bearing a great Cake with a Beane, and a Pease.
Last, Baby-cake, that an end doth make
of Christmas merrie, merrie vaine a
Is Child Rowlan, and a straight young man,
though he come out of Crooked-lane ‘a.
Samuel Pepys London on Epiphany night, 6 January 1659/1660: “…to my cousin Stradwick, where, after a good supper, there being there my father, mothers, brothers, and sister, my cousin Scott and his wife, Mr. Drawwater and his wife, and her brother, Mr. Stradwick, we had a brave cake brought us, and in the choosing, Pall was Queen and Mr. Stradwick was King. After that my wife and I bid adieu and came home, it being still a great frost.”
Pall was the Queen of the Pea – Mr Stradwick was the King of the Bean.
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