Christmas Day wasn’t a particularly important festival at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Instead, people celebrated the twelve days of Christmas, which began on the 25th of December and ended on the 6th of January, Twelfth Night. This was the big celebration, with lots of food and fun. It was traditional to play practical jokes on friends and neighbours on this day. One joke that was played was putting live birds in a pie dish and covering them with a pie crust. When the pie was cut open, the birds flew out!