Locals at the Aisling Center, in the Bronx, celebrating Christmas

IrishCentral visited the Aisling Center in the Bronx, New York, and joined the older Irish immigrants enjoying a Christmas dinner together. We asked them to tell us their memories of celebrating Christmas in Ireland before they emigrated to the US.

Their memories of Ireland at Christmas recall old traditions such as the “wren boys” singing carols to what presents Santa would bring. Back then, if you were lucky, you would get a toy or some fruit.

For the most part their memories are of family togetherness, mucking in and having fun at home, what Christmas is all about!

* Originally published December 2012.