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An Irish Christmas

  • 08-01-2017 10:26pm
    Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 21,334 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Loughc

    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.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,483 Hollister11

    Sprouts for dinner.

    Selection boxes, and boxes of sweets.

    My aunt can't get them in the states.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,475 ✭✭✭✭ odyssey06

    I think sprouts and selection boxes are shared with british though but not our american cousins.

    Spiced beef?
    12 pubs?

    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?

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,587 ✭✭✭ screamer

    Buying overpriced tayto in a box cause that's what you do even though the plastic multipack bags are cheaper..........

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,475 ✭✭✭✭ odyssey06

    A public live crib in city centre?

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,475 ✭✭✭✭ odyssey06

    Midnight mass thats not at midnight?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,323 ✭✭✭ Day Lewin

    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.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,065 ✭✭✭ otnomart

    The candle arch in the front window
    Horse races on Stephen's Day