Irish Christmas Traditions – Landeskunde Englisch

Ireland, like many countries, has a variety of Christmas traditions that are all of its own. Many of these customs have their root in the time when the Gaelic culture and faith of the country were being supressed and it is maybe since of that they have survived into modern times.

The Candle in the Window

The placement of a lighted candle light in the window of a home on Christmas eve is still practised today. It has a number of functions however mainly it was a sign of welcome to Mary and Joseph as they travelled trying to find.

The candle likewise indicated a safe location for priests to perform as, during this was not permitted.

The Table

After evening meal on Christmas eve the kitchen table was again set and on it were placed a filled with and, a of milk and a big lit candle light. The door to your home was left so that Mary and Joseph, or any roaming tourist, could of the welcome.

The Wren Boy Procession

Throughout Penal Times there was as soon as a plot in a village versus the local soldiers. They were surrounded and were about to be when a group of pecked on their drums and awakened the soldiers. The plot stopped working and the wren became known as “The Devil’s bird”.

On a procession occurs where a pole with a holly bush is carried from house to house and families dress up in old clothes and with blackened faces. In olden times a real wren would be killed and put on top of the pole.

This customized has to a big degree disappeared however the tradition of visiting from house to house on St. Stephens Day has actually made it through and is quite part of Christmas.


The placement of a of on doors originated in Ireland as Holly was among the main plants that grew at Christmas time and which gave the bad ways with which to decorate their.

All designs are generally taken down on Little Christmas (January sixth.) and it is thought about to be bad luck to take them down ahead of time.

Standard Gaelic Salutation

The Gaelic greeting for “Merry Christmas” is: “Nollaig Shona Duit” … which is pronounced as “null-ig hun-a dit”.

Happy Christmas!

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