From The Southern Gazette:
Because Christmas Eve was still a part of Advent, and that observance was almost as sober as Lent, Dr. Hiscock indicated most traditional Christians would never consider taking a nip before Christmas Day prior to World War Two, which was even then perhaps a little early.
Tibb’s Eve became a lighthearted means to extend the season - an idea Dr. Hiscock recognized is not unlike when workers in the 19th century would lengthen their weekends by taking ‘St. Monday’ off from work.
Back row: My friends Aaron, John, Jamie. Front: Zach and yours truly. Tibb’s Eve 2011 (December 23), my place, St. John’s. Only a few polite nips were taken this evening. God rest ye merry, my gentlemen. (Photo by Becks.)