As Christmas approaches once again, we take a look at a few of the distinctively Irish Christmas customs. Some have been long forgotten and long because practiced and others are still quite a part of Christmas in one form or another. We would enjoy to speak with you if you have any Christmas household traditions that you wish to share with us.
The Candle in the Window
No room at the Inn! The story of the birth of Jesus tells us that Mary and Joseph struggled to discover accommodations when they got to Bethlehem.
The only shelter they could discover was a steady. The candle in the window of Irish homes represents a friendly welcome to the household and the child Jesus.
The candle light in the window suggested welcoming and hospitality to any passerby to employ for some hot food, a beverage and some craic.
It likewise may have been a sign to taking a trip priests in the Penal Times in Ireland that the house with the candle in the window was a safe location at Christmas time for the celebration of Mass.
. Incidentally when Mary Robinson became President of Ireland, she mirrored this Christmas custom by lighting a candle light in her house in Phoenix Park in Dublin stating:
“there will always be a light on in Áras an Uachtaráin for our exiles and our emigrants”
Christmas in Warrenpoint
Christmas Holly The holly plant flourishes at this time of year in Ireland. With it’s intense red berry, it has the ability to hold up against the harshness of a cold, dark Winter season. It was a simple, cheap method to embellish Irish homes for Christmas. Along with it’s colour, holly had a deep connection
with Christianity, with numerous believing that the red berry represented the blood of Christ and his suffering on the cross for mankind. It’s evergreen colour was a sign of life and growth to come as the winter passed and the approaching Spring bringing new life.
However, the connection with holly and this time of year can be traced back to Roman times.
A Roman festival in honour of Saturn took place from 17 to 23 December.
The Roman’s exchanged presents, ate, drank and were merry throughout this festival.
Holly was the spiritual plant of Saturn and was used to regale images of the Roman god.
Why do we eat turkey at Christmas? Did you understand that Henry VIII might well
have been the very first person to eat turkey on Christmas Day!!! Turkeys were very first brought to England by a trader by the name of
William Strickland in the 1500’s. Prior to the turkey, individuals ate farm stock like cows and chickens
for their Christmas supper. The cow and chicken was better as a provider of milk and eggs hence the turkey ended up being the Christmas favourite. It was not up until the 1950’s that the turkey was common in all households. The Late Toy Program The Late Toy program
has actually become something of a tradition in Ireland.
It initially began on the Late Program in 1975 as a thirty minutes sector at the end of the show to assist moms and dads
with Christmas present ideas for the kids. The Late Toy Program airs on Friday, November 30th on RTÉ One at 9.35 pm. You can watch it online HERE or download the RTE
Gamer International app HERE The Christmas Day Swim December in Ireland and a dip in the sea makes certain to
be a cold one for
all included. It will clear any Christmas Eve hangovers that are still prowling and raises much required funds for charities. Lots of coastal towns and villages around Ireland partake in the annual Christmas dip. Although do know– the unexpected cold water can cause medical issues like skyrocketing heart rates
and hyperventilation. The guidance from seasoned swimmers is do not simply enter– take it slowly, damp your arms and face and ease in gently There is fine tradition of a Christmas Day Dip in Carlingford Lough at Rostrevor every year.
The Christmas Letter
Prior To Whats App, social media and even telephones, the Christmas card and letter’s arrival was excitedly waited for.
Particularly, those who had emigrated to far off lands. The letter made certain to bring Christmas cheer to the recipient however likewise some sadness as they remembered their household at house back in Ireland.
Wren Boys Processions
On 26 December, a wren was butchered and brought in procession in a holly bush. Individuals dressed up in costumes, played music and danced as part of this festivity.
They likewise visited all the houses in the area. Maybe, this is what started the custom of calling to the homes of friends and family over Christmas which is still quite alive in Ireland today.
This practice has actually long considering that died out in many parts of Ireland but still happens in Dingle in County Kerry.
Naturally, a phony wren is now used in this St Stephen’s Day celebration.
Saint Stephen’s Day In Ireland the 26 of December is called St Stephen’s Day and Boxing Day. Stephen was the very first Christian Martyr who was stoned to death and 26 December marks
his Saint’s day. Why is boxing day called St Stephen’s
day in Ireland? There is a
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poor on 26 December. It’s Bad luck to take the Christmas decorations down previously 6 January 6 January is the Feast of the Surprise which celebrates the see by the Three Kings or Wise guys to the baby Jesus. It also marks the 12th Day of Christmas, that day when your true love sends you 12 drummers drumming.
This is the main end of the Christmas Season.
How the “bad luck” custom came about, we are not sure but why not stretch Christmas out up until then anyway– it will do no harm!
How do you state Merry Christmas in Ireland
Nollaig Shona Dhuit! is how you say Merry Christmas in Irish.
This originates from the word “Noel” which we will all be familiar with from the famous Christmas Carols such as The Very first Noel
Noel stems from the French — joyeux noel and the Old English word Nawelboth of which are originated from the Latin word natalis which implies birth.
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