As the vulgar . . . are always very careful to end the old year well, so they are no less solicitous of making a good beginning of the new one. The old one is ended with a hearty compotation. The new one is opened with the custom of sending presents, which are termed New Year's Gifts, to friends and acquaintance.
You can report quote corrections via the "Conversation" tab below
Search on Google Books to find citations of this quotation.
This quote is linked to the event - New Year
Source Notes: "New Year's Day," Observations on the Popular Antiquities of Great Britain: Chiefly Illustrating the Origin of Our Vulgar and Provincial Customs, Ceremonies, and Superstition (vol. 1) (1848-49).
We don't have a biography.
I'm the guy who runs quotationsbook!