Posted by Bruce Kahl on December 26, 2002
In Reply to: BRAN TUB posted by MOLLIE BRIARDALE on December 26, 2002
: PLEASE DOES ANYBODY KNOW THE ORIGIN OF THE MEANING `BRAN TUB` AS IN CHRISTMAS OFFICE BRAN TUB WHERE EVERYBODY WRAPS UP A PRESENT PUTS IT IN A LARGE BOX THEN TAKES OUT ANOTHER PRESENT
It looks like a UK thing. Seems the bran(probably in the form of
a fine grain?), hides the gifts.
From a few websites:
A large tub is decorated with crepe paper, filled with bran or sawdust, then wrapped gifts were hidden in the bran. Everyone at the party had a chance to pull out a prize from the tub.