\\ˈtäməsiŋ\ noun (-s)
Etymology: Thomas, one of Jesus' twelve apostles + English -ing
Britain : begging from house to house on St. Thomas' Day, December 21

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  • thomasing —    An annual custom which was found all over England on 21 December (St Thomas s Day) whereby the poor people of a village visited the houses of their better off neighbours requesting food and/or provisions to help them through the winter. What… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • thomasing — thom·as·ing …   English syllables

  • calendar customs —    Those which take place once a year, at a particular date or season; also called seasonal customs. Examples are bonfires on *November the Fifth, *wassailing apple trees on *Twelfth Night, or sending *valentine cards on 14 February. They are… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • Christmas —    By far the most popular festival in England today, imposing itself even on those whose religious or political beliefs would normally rule out Christian celebrations; the greatest pressure is to conform for the sake of the children, who are… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • gooding —    see *thomasing …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • St Thomas's Day — (21 December)    In many areas this was the date for *thomasing (or gooding), a ritualized begging for food in readiness for Christmas, and Wright and Lones list a number of doles formerly distributed on this day. There are a few scattered… …   A Dictionary of English folklore