Irish Christmas traditions from placing holly on your door to why the wren became our enemy on St. Stephen’s Day.
Ireland at Christmas is a very special place to be and while the comforts of home are what many of us look for during the holiday season, Christmas in Ireland is a trip like no other.
Just to show you some of the special, unique aspects of our Irish Christmas traditions, behind door 8 of IrishCentral's Advent calendar we’re looking at some of the most popular Celtic Christmas traditions, from placing a candle in your front window on Christmas Eve to hanging holly on the front door.
Many of the older Irish traditions have more religious, Catholic links than many of the newer more commercial aspects, such as the tradition in which we would fill a table of food while leaving the door on the latch on Christmas Eve as a welcome to the Virgin Mary and Joseph, the wandering travelers looking for a place for the night.
What are you favorite Irish traditions? Is there anything you miss about Christmas in Ireland or do you carry on the traditions in America? Let us know about your typical Christmas in the comments section, below.