Apologies for adding my thoughts on this subject a bit later than anyone else.
A custom that has died down in this part of South West Wales is the welcoming of the New Year by children singing outside each house and being given money by the Householder. We usually had a penny, or if lucky thruppence, from each house. This money was called "Calennig" in Welsh, the song that was sung was also in Welsh. We would also have a cake from the Baker and an orange from the Grocer. This took place on New Years morning and it all finished by 12 noon.
It is such a shame that it has died, but I suppose we do not encourage children to knock on strangers' houses these days.
I'm sick to death of it - anyone else?
What on earth do I do? - too close to Christmas
I don't understand this trend - AIBU?