Until about 1914 children in Monmouthshire, Chepstow, and villages of the Wye Valley used to go from house to house early on *New Year's Day carrying 'a monty', which was an apple or orange standing on three sticks and decorated with holly or box leaves, nuts, tinsel, raisins, etc. In return for a few pence they would *display this 'for luck', chanting:
   Monty, Monty, Happy New Year,
   A pocket full of money and a cellar full of beer!
   Round St Briavels (Gloucestershire), they were still seen in 1950.
   ■ Wright and Lones, 1938: ii. 30-1; I. Waters, Folklore and Dialect of the Wye Valley (1973), 11-13.

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