I am now 64 years of age, and my Mother always said 'White Rabbits' as long ago as I can remember, from over 60 years anyway. It is always said on the first day of the month, before any other words are spoken, and doubly at the start of a new year. Why rabbits, I don't know, as there are no actual live rabbits.
I am from England, as were my parents before me. My Mother had never been abroad. My Father only abroad in Italy in WW2, when he came home terribly injured, but still alive, thank goodness.
I also have never left these shores, in fact I hardly moved out of the county, Yorkshire, where I was born, we must all seem very insular, to people nowadays who travel to all corners of the globe for holidays.
Any road up, as we say here, back to the Bunnies. Mother said it only once during the year, twice at New Year. I always say every month, all through the year, 'White Rabbits, White Rabbits, Rabbits, Rabbits, White Rabbits' for, I hope, extra good luck. I had never heard of 'Tibbar', though this is good to know.
- JenniW on 1/2/2003
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