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The annual Christmas Day Swim at Forty Foot Rock in Dublin is one of the best (and chilliest) Irish Christmas traditions. Photo by: Photocall Ireland

Top Irish Christmas traditions that make the season

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The annual Christmas Day Swim at Forty Foot Rock in Dublin is one of the best (and chilliest) Irish Christmas traditions. Photo by: Photocall Ireland

Most stores are closed Christmas and Stephen’s Day, but a brand new tradition sees more and more stores now opening after Christmas Day for exchanges and tempting deals.

10. Women’s Christmas / Nollaig na mBean

January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, is traditionally when the Irish finish celebrating Christmas. It is also known as Nollaigh na mBean in Irish (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, have a day out and treat themselves.

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