Today is Tibb’s Eve, a time that many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians consider the official start of the Christmas holidays

Folklorist Dale Jarvis says that the 17th century phrase Dating back to the 16th century, it was originally used jokingly to refer to a day that didn’t exist or that just wouldn’t come

He says if someone tells you they’d do something about Tibb’s Eve, you could be sure it wouldn’t happen

Since then, it has grown into a time of celebration and joy locally, and is considered the first day before Christmas that you can officially drink

Jarvis says that only in Newfoundland was a date put on a day that actually doesn’t exist

Tibb’s Eve

World News – CA – It’s Tibb’s Eve, the official start of the Christmas holidays