by PATRICIA MCNAMARA, Feis America Magazine contributor

Irish dance classes are done for the season! And there’s a lull in feiseanna this week. It’s the perfect time to spend some extra quality time with the family—away from the competitive stress.

Bust out these Christmas classics and you’ll not only be reminded of your rich Irish heritage, but rejuvenated in time to throw those hard shoes on after the holiday feasting dies down.

“Curoo, Curoo” – The Clancy Brothers

The smooth beat of this classic might just put you to sleep.

“The Wexford Carol” – Celtic Woman
The progressive chorus of this tune is very powerful…and uplifting.

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“The Christmas Reel” – The Chieftains
OK, you can never get away from the dancing—even if you try. Put this on in the break between opening presents and eating breakfast for a nice family treat.

“A Christmas Jig” – Yo-Yo Ma & Friends
Smooth and light. The perfect tune for a holiday slip jig. Resting your feet? Do it on your hands instead.

Have any holiday Irish dance traditions? Share in the comments below.