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 Hansel.Hansom (A). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Hansel Monday.
 
The Monday after New-Year’s Day, when “hansels,” or free gifts, were given in Scotland to servants and children. Our boxing-day is the first weekday after Christmas Day. (Anglo-Saxon, handselen; hand and sellan, to give.)   1
 


 Hansel.Hansom (A). 

 
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