Today is Statute of Westminster Day! In 1931, His Majesty’s Parliament established legislative equality between the self-governing dominions of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Dominion of Canada, the Irish Free State, Dominion of Newfoundland, the Dominion of New Zealand, and the Union of South Africa.
Bizarre Victorian fact of the day…
In the Victorian period it was considered extremely unlucky to put up any Christmas decorations before Christmas Eve. Unlike modern superstition, which dictates that decorations must be taken down before Twelfth Night (January 5th), people in the 19th century commonly left their decorations up until Candlemas (February 2nd).
Victorian Christmas decorations took the form of evergreen plants such as holly, ivy, mistletoe, laurel, box, bay and rosemary. Several superstitions surrounded the use of these plants, particularly holly and ivy. If prickly holly was brought into the house it meant that the husband would be master for the coming year whereas if the holly was smooth it meant the power would stay with the wife. To use ivy on its own or let it be predominant was bad luck and there was sharp disagreement over whether decorations should or should not be burnt once they’d been taken down.