A French poem, similar to “Thirty days hath September”, numbering the days of the month, was recorded in the 13th century. From the later Middle Ages there are records of short children’s rhyming songs, often as marginalia. From the mid-16th century they begin to be recorded in English plays. “Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man” is one of the oldest surviving English nursery rhymes. The earliest recorded version of the rhyme appears in Thomas d’Urfey’s play The Campaigners from 1698. Most nursery rhymes were not written down until the 18th century, when the publishing of children’s books began to move from polemic and education towards entertainment, but there is evidence for many rhymes existing before this, including “To market, to market” and “Cock a doodle doo”, which date from at least the late 16th century. Nursery rhymes with 17th century origins include, “Jack Sprat” (1639), “The Grand Old Duke of York” (1642), “Lavender’s Blue” (1672) and “Rain Rain Go Away” (1687).
The Christmas season, also called the holiday season (often simply called the holidays), or the festive season, is an annually recurring period recognized in many Western and other countries that is generally considered to run from late November to early January. It is defined as incorporating at least Christmas, usually New Year, and sometimes various other holidays and festivals. It also is associated with a period of shopping which comprises a peak season for the retail sector (the “Christmas (or holiday) shopping season”) and a period of sales at the end of the season (the “January sales”). Christmas window displays and Christmas tree lighting ceremonies when trees decorated with ornaments and light bulbs are illuminated are traditions in many areas.
In addition to being a mythical figure, the title of “Baby New Year” is sometimes given to living people. The first baby born in any village or city in a certain year may be honored by being labeled as the official Baby New Year for that year. The official Baby New Year can be male or female, even though the mythical Baby New Year is nearly always male. Attempts to name an official Baby New Year for an entire country have sometimes been made, but generally there are multiple contenders and no single Baby New Year can be confirmed. There has however been a great deal of several who have come close. Numerous hospitals no longer make a Baby New Year public due to concerns that the infant will become a target for criminals.