The first in the Christmas Giveaway takes place on December 23rd, also known as Tibb's Eve in Newfoundland. An 8" x 10" matted giclee of The Winningest Punt will be on its way to Julie Dunion. Happy Tibb's Eve!
Tibb's Eve as a particular day on the calendar - the day before Christmas Eve - is specific to Newfoundland and Labrador. As explained, sometime around World War Two, people along the south coast began to associate Dec. 23 with the phrase 'Tibb's Eve' and deemed it the first occasion it was acceptable to have a few Christmas tipples.
In many of the outport communities, it became a day where the men would visit each other's homes for a taste. Because Christmas Eve was still a part of Advent, and that observance was almost as sober as Lent, most traditional Christians would never consider taking a nip before Christmas Day prior to World War Two, which was even then perhaps a little early.
Tibb's Eve became a lighthearted means to extend the season - an idea not unlike when workers in the 19th century would lengthen their weekends by taking 'St. Monday' off from work.Tibb's Eve is sometimes known by several different names depending on the community. In some places, it's called 'Tipp's Eve' or 'Tipsy's Eve' - an evolution of the name in characteristic folkloric fashion.
On December 24th, the next draw will take place for two giveaways. Just because I love Christmas Eve. :) A set of 6 Purity Kisses notecards and an 8 x 10 giclee of Merry Christmas Hares. Drawing takes place at 8pm island time on the 24th so you still have time to get in the running. Simply join my mailing list and you're eligible! You can do so through the link on the right side of this blog, on my Facebook page or on my website.