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Irish Christmas Traditions

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Ireland is a magical country, filled with tradition and folklore dating back many years. Christmas in Ireland is an especially magical time of year. Many Irish Christmas traditions have become part of the Christmas celebration of many nationalities and have made their way into main stream American Christmas customs.

In Ireland people say “Nollaig Shona Duit” pronounced NO-Lihg HO-nuh ghwich. This Irish Christmas greeting literally translates to Happy Christmas.

One beloved Irish Christmas tradition is that of the Christmas plum pudding. The traditional Irish Christmas plum pudding has had humble beginnings. Plum pudding was originally a porridge flavored with scraps of leftover meat or fish, thickened with bread crumbs and bound together with eggs, fruit and spices. During the Tudor and Stuart period in England, dried prunes were added to the pudding mixture which became known as a plum porridge. Eventually becoming called plum pudding and often eaten with Brandy Butter Sauce.

Another very common Christmas custom in Ireland is the candle window. The placing of a lighted candle in the window of a house on Christmas Eve is still practiced today and has become an American Christmas tradition as well. The candle in the window has a number of purposes. One of its primary meanings is as a welcoming symbol to Mary and Joseph as they traveled looking for shelter. The candle also indicated a safe place for Catholic priests to perform mass during the penal times when Catholic masses were not allowed. Another part of the tradition is the candle should be lit by the youngest member of the family and should only be extinguished by a girl bearing the name Mary.

In Ireland celebrating the Feast Day of St. Stephen’s is usually accompanied with the Wren Boy Procession. Saint Stephen’s Day celebrated on December 26th, also know as the Day of the Wren is a national holiday in Ireland.

During Penal times there was a plot in a village against the local soldiers. The soldiers were surrounded and about to be ambushed when a flock of wrens pecked on their drums and awakened them in time to defend themselves. The plot failed and the wren became known as the “Devil’s Bird”.

On Saint Stephen’s Day a procession takes place where pole with a holly bush is carried from house to house and families dress up in old clothes with blackened faces. In olden days an actual wren bird was killed and placed on the pole. This custom has largely disappeared but the tradition of visiting from house to house on St. Stephen’s has survived and is a large part of the Irish Christmas celebration today.

Last but not least a fabulous Irish Christmas tradition that hasn’t made its way to the states is called “Women’s Christmas”. In Ireland on January 6th, the Feast of the Epiphany, is when traditionally the Irish finish celebrating Christmas. It is also known as “Nollaigh na mBean” in Irish or “Women’s Christmas”. Tradition has it that women get the day off and the men of the house get to do the housework, cooking and take down the Christmas decorations. Women meet up to go have a day out and treat themselves. Have you ever celebrated “Women’s Christmas”?

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Irish Christmas Traditions

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Like most countries, #Ireland has many of it’s own wonderful #Irish #Christmas traditions. Ireland’s Christmas traditions that have survived to modern times are steeped in Celtic culture and religious faith. Some of our favorite Irish Christmas Traditions are placing a candle in your homes window, the Laden Table, St. Stephens Day, Plum Pudding, and Women’s Christmas. Read more about this treasured Irish Christmas. http://www.theirishjewelrycompany.com/irish-christmas-traditions/
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Twelve Days of Irish Christmas

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12 Days of Irish Christmas

  • On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a tiny, white cottage by the sea.
  • On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, two woolly sheep.
  • On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, three Celtic rainbows.
  • On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, four cups of tea.
  • On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, five Claddagh rings.
  • On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, six turf fires burning.
  • On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, seven salmon swimming.
  • On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, eight fiddlers fiddling.
  • On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, nine shamrocks growing.
  • On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, ten Celtic dancers.
  • On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, eleven harps playing.
  • On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, twelve Celtic angels.

Celebrate the holidays with our 12 Days of Irish Christmas Ornament Set imported from Ireland. This beautiful decorative gift 12 days of christmas ornament setset features symbols of Ireland such as the claddagh rings, shamrocks, fiddles and so much more.

  • Our 12 Days of Irish Christmas Ornament Gift Set contains with 12 symbols of Ireland ornaments measuring approximately 3 inches round.
  • The set comes elegantly packaged in a gift box designed to look like a book.
  • The gift box measures approximately 9.25″ x 12″ x 3″.
  • This ornament box is ideal for storage and makes a beautiful gift.
  • Imported from Ireland.

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THE WREN BOY PROCESSION

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During Penal Times there was once a plot in a village against the local soldiers. They were surrounded and were about to be ambushed when a group of wrens pecked on their drums and awakened the soldiers. The plot failed and the wren became known as ‘The Devil’s bird’.

On St. Stephens day a procession takes place 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 an actual wren would be killed and placed on top of the pole. St. Stephen’s Day, or the Feast of St. Stephen, is a Christian Saint’s day to commemorate Saint Stephen, celebrated on 26 December

This custom has to a large degree disappeared but the tradition of visiting from house to house on St. Stephens Day has survived and is very much part of Christmas.