I came across the hashtag #irishchristmas on Instagram tonight and it got me thinking, what are things that are exclusively Irish at Christmas time.
What traditions do we have here that no other country have?
The late late toy show and the RTE Christmas guide are two things I can think of.
Sprouts for dinner.
Selection boxes, and boxes of sweets.
My aunt can't get them in the states.
I think sprouts and selection boxes are shared with british though but not our american cousins.
A lot of the old irish traditions like december 8th christmas shopping are fading.
Do wren boys still appear on stephens day?
Nollaig na mBan?
Buying overpriced tayto in a box cause that's what you do even though the plastic multipack bags are cheaper..........
Lighting a candle in a front window at sunset on Christmas Eve. This is a sign of hospitality to travellers and strangers. Other countries don't do it, it is a uniquely Irish Christmas tradition.
i am touched by how many still DO do it...and saddened that so many forget this kindly and appropriate gesture.