Candle in the window: On Christmas Eve, usually to help Joseph and Mary on their way, also signifies a light for emigrants remembering them.
Hunting of the Wren: Ancient Irish ritual carried out on St.Stephen’s Day when wren boys go door to door singing and collecting money. Allegedly the wren betrayed Stephen to his Roman pursuers.
A glorious family tradition where the family goes together to chuch and afterwards has a special get together when the tales of Christmas Eve get told.
No one dares take down the decorations until January 6th and Little Christmas, also known as Women’s Christmas when the females get a deserved day off is an important day.
Week off between Christmas and New Year:
Very few work in Ireland between Christmas and New Year’s, spending the time instead visiting family and friends.
St. Stephen’s Day horse racing:
Big day out after being cooped up over Christmas, Leopardstown in South Dublin and Limerick racecourses the places to see and be seen. especially for the fashion-conscious ladies.
Christmas morning fry:
After the imbibing exertions of the night before slap on the calories with a monster Irish fry with bacon, eggs black pudding sausage toast etc. Not for the faint hearted!
40 Foot Dun Laoghaire naked swim Christmas morning:
A famous bathing place in South Dublin and a tradition for men only but challenged in recent years by the ladies.
Phone calls/Skype from emigrants home:
An age old tradition of emigrants calling home alas, and getting ever more popular as more emigrate.
Opening the door to let in the New Year spirit:
Right as midnight strikes, all house doors opened to let in the New Year and banish the old.
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