This may be something a little different, for some, but has that quaint Britishness that makes us different.
“Mummers Plays (also known as mumming) are seasonal folk plays performed by troupes of actors known as mummers, originally from the British Isles, but later in other parts of the world. They are sometimes performed in the street but more usually as house-to-house visits and in public houses. Although the term mummers has been used since medieval times, no play scripts or performance details survive from that era, and the term may have been used loosely to describe performers of several different kinds. Mumming may have precedents in German and French carnival customs, with rare but close parallels also in late medieval England.
The earliest evidence of mummers’ plays as they are known today (usually involving a magical cure by a quack doctor. See photograph) is from the mid to late 18th century.”
The above information has been taken from the opening entry at