A collaborative Christmas card for 2011 celebrating the Winter Solstice tradition of Mumming.

Dating back to the middle ages, Mummers Plays were once performed all over the world. When used to celebrate the Winter Solstice or Christmas, these short folk plays often depicted a fight between summer and winter and ended with the resurrection of the slain character by a quack doctor.

Bands of Mummers would perform the play around their village to raise extra money for their families. The costumes would vary from place to place and it was common for people to obscure their faces with masks. The tradition has enjoyed a recent revival and Mummers are once again roaming village streets.

Photography by Chris Turner