Boards.ie uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Click here to find out more x
Post Reply  
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
24-10-2011, 02:09   #61
delw
Registered User
 
delw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 2,641
leahyl what a great idea for a thread
anyway i have two teenagers 17&15 & a 16month old but for the last 10 years we have been going to the children's mass a 6 on Christmas eve,nativity play & carols,then to my mam's for cuppa,then home for me to make the sausage meat stuffing(for the sandbo's later) but last year things got messed up because of the snow(which i love) but the teenagers were not happy not getting to mass which i thought was lovely because their tradition was broken,we are all kids at christmas
delw is offline  
Thanks from:
Advertisement
07-11-2011, 22:14   #62
Shegull
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by leahyl View Post
Aaaw that's lovely :-) i love watching the news at 6 on RTE as well cos they always show "Santa heading off from the North Pole" ahem! Lol! I love that RTE have kept that tradition!
Did you know that you can watch him travelling around the world as well

http://www.noradsanta.org/

Its really good - you can see him arriving in different countries
Shegull is offline  
(2) thanks from:
07-11-2011, 22:27   #63
Birdie086
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 1,373
For years my christmas eve was spent in the family business - a take away and cafe followed by drinks after a major clean up, then back home for two whole days off - christmas and st stevens day, because the shop would be closed and we had two whole entire days together.

Cue lots of eating, whiskey's, bailey's, arguments, presents,(my mam did santa untill I left home - she would sneak down after we had gone to bed and put out me and my bro's presents.).

Sadly me step dad passed away four years ago and not long after my mam gave up the business, made us all redundant(10 staff). did us all a fabour reallly, was a very tough job.

after spending a year on the dole, and two on a FAS scheme, I finally got a part time job this june past and just last month I was promoted to manager.

The job is in a very busy coffee shop, and I have to say I am sooooo loooking forward to the mentalness that leads up to christmas in this type of work.

It is just rush rush rush, but people generally are in great form.

Sorry for the long winded post but it has been a tough few years for me(as a lot of others), I am far from over the worst yet(mortgage arrears etc) but I am so looking to this christmas being a turnaround one for me.

thanks for reading, birdie
Birdie086 is offline  
07-11-2011, 22:31   #64
allyano16
Registered User
 
allyano16's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 45
Love it, Living in Dublin but love heading home to the 3 other siblings and the auld pair Christmas eve.

5pm making the Turkey stuffing with the mother, no matter what this will always be my job coz I liked using a blender when I was younger!

7pm The neighbors call into our house and exchange gifts and things,

9pm The men of the house go down to Salthill and have pints in the Office pub with the old friends

11pm Back home and get ready for mass (Half cut)

12pm Midnight mass (Full Choir) Handel's Messiah - Halleluiah

2am Home, hot whiskeys for all, everyone opens one gift...

Never has this series of events changed since its start in my teens...I'm 29
allyano16 is offline  
07-11-2011, 23:32   #65
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 699
Growing up- charity lunch, home to set up for christmas party, patry time with relatives and family friends, exchange presents with best friend and cousins, freak out little cousins with ghost stories, get in trouble for freaking out little cousins (always saying it was so they couldn't sleep and would see santa!), midnight church, carried back into bed after sugar crashing during church

In recent years- work til 5, pub til 9, bring the OH and his dad to Mass at 10, collect my drunken parents from a party and bring them to church at 11, home at 12 for hot whiskey and open santa socks!

I love christmas eve!!!
dammitjanet is offline  
Advertisement
08-11-2011, 19:17   #66
shefellover93
Registered User
 
shefellover93's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 1,092
Fantastic thread. Love seeing all the different traditions!

For me the 23rd is the first day off from school so it's straight outta the uniform asap and hide the books for a week at least! I think my brother and I have started an odd tradition of watching tv and sitting in the same seats every night of the 23rd. We usually raid a DVD drawer if there's nothing on the box

Christmas Eve doesn't really get going until about fiveish when we all head down to the church for Christmas Eve mass (I'm not of a persuasion but to be fair the mass is beautiful and has little plays and songs in the middle) Then it's off to the pub with a family we're friendly with and see the same faces and catch up with everyone we see once a year. (This'll be my first year old enough to drink so will be necking a few Beamishes )

Then it's back home and put the baby Jesus himself into the cot of our manger in the hall and off to bed (Something very homely in that tradition when my mom does it)

That tradition of Christmas Eve has been going since before I was born and I wouldn't change it for the world!
shefellover93 is offline  
(4) thanks from:
09-11-2011, 00:05   #67
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 6,157
Love this thread

Xmas eve, mam and I normally head into town for a look/walk around (and to get some last minute pressies!). Usually get a Chinese/chipper takeaway.

Then home, wrap each others pressies Watch TV in the evening and then head to bed.

Xmas Day (if we stay at home), normally get up around 10-11, open presents, go online/watch TV/clean/do washing etc, have dinner, talk to the relatives over the phone.

Xmas Day (if we go to my aunties house): Get up early Xmas day (somewhere between 4-7am), open presents, go back to bed for a few hours, get up, have something to eat, watch TV/look through our gifts etc. Have dinner, watch TV, then the aunties relatives/friends etc call around, then they go, myself and my cousins usually watch TV while the aunties/uncles/ grandparents play cards.

The past few years we've stayed in our own house as my granny won't travel anywhere, so it's usually a pretty boring day, same as most days to be honest.

I love going to my aunties house 'cause it's always such good fun and we can have a laugh etc.

We're hoping this year my granny will travel to my aunties, but knowing her she probably won't and it'll be another boring day at some doing the same usual day-to-day stuff.
The Lovely Muffin is offline  
09-11-2011, 01:24   #68
niceoneted
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 452
Loving the thread. Something about this year seems different. I'm normally a bit of a bah humbug!!
In our house it has been tradition from a child to exchange presents and then just have santa on xmas day. So as we all became adults we still all got together on the eve of christmas to exchange presents. As siblings got married and of the ones who stayed in my home town it alternates between there houses and my parents.
It's always family only - no outsiders and we have a right old laugh. Two of us work in some element of front line emergency services so don't always get home - sister is on call this xmas so won't be home.
We normally cook the turkey too on that day so we have warm turkey and stuffing sandwiches on the night.
To our family the eve of xmas is way more important than the day itself.
niceoneted is offline  
Thanks from:
28-11-2011, 01:28   #69
fussyonion
Registered User
 
fussyonion's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 7,511

Lovely thread!
When I was a kid, we'd spend the day watching cartoons, then my mother would come home from work and shut the front door and it was then Christmas would begin

We'd have a bath, then get in our new pyjamas and have dinner-usually something like cottage pie and chips, then sit at the fire (the days before central heating came to our house!) and watch something like The Generation Game or Noel's House Party or something else Christmassy.
We'd go to bed at 9pm but we'd never be tired.
I'd wake up at about 5am and feel for the stocking on the end of my bed and get a thrill to feel it bulging.

I'd go back asleep and then wake again at 8am and run down the stairs so excited with my sister.
The living room was always locked cos my Dad is OCD about safety, so we'd turn the key and we'd be greeted by two piles of presents under the tree-one pile for me and one pile for my sister.
We'd shout for our parents to get up cos we didn't like opening them without them there.

They'd come down all dishevelled but happy and put the kettle on.
We'd open our presents and be so thankful and so grateful for everything we got.

I remember one time there was a joint present for my sister and I and it was a large box wrapped in a Playstation bag.
My mother smiled and said "It's not what you think, might only be the bag" but of course we opened it and it was a Playstation.
To make it even better, she'd gotten us a portable telly to play it on.
I remember being so happy.
We'd go to Mass at 10.30am but we'd be dying to get home to our presents. We'd spend the day eating Quality Street and eating the gorgeous meal our Dad made.
Sorry this went on a bit long, but it's been nice to reminisce
fussyonion is offline  
Advertisement
28-11-2011, 08:41   #70
Azureus
Registered User
 
Azureus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 2,115
Christmas Eve means heading to the pub at about 7pm with the OH and all our friends. Exchanging pressies, having the craic with xmas songs and back to the house with the bf at 12 to give eachother our main pressies, getting into fresh jammies and throwing on a cheesey Christmas film and curling up on the couch.

Then getting woken up by lots of phone calls from himselfs dad at 9am to get our asses over for the obligatory Christmas fry up
Azureus is offline  
28-11-2011, 09:11   #71
touts
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 3,424
- Up early in the morning
- Light a fire.
- Search through the fully stocked Fridge for whatever takes your fancy for breakfast.
- Watch some old black and white classic movie on TV while eating.
- Quick run into town just as shops open for the last bits (bread, cream etc)
- Back home and do some prep for the Christmas dinner with Christmas music playing in the background (used to cook the Turkey and Ham but recently we just get a cooked turkey and ham from a local butcher as it really frees up time on a day when you don't mind spending the money for more time to enjoy things).
- Back into town with the kids for a walk around to savour the atmosphere. Hopefully cold but dry. Carol singers and buskers randomly popping up here and there. Crowds of people rushing about but yet more smiles on faces (in particular young ones) than any other time of the year.
- Quick soup and sandwich for lunch somewhere in town where you can hear christmas music and watch the crowds pass by.
- Back home and lay the table while listening to Santa and his elf reading letters on RTE Radio 1. Derek Mooney has destroyed this in recent years so hopefully since it is a weekend he will be off doing his shopping.
- Crack open the tin of Quality street, box of tayto and tin of biscuits
- Watch the news to see the little faces as Santa departs Lapland
- Again raid the fridge for a light dinner (after snacking all afternoon)
- Get everyone in the house showered and dressed for mignight mass (at 9pm)
- Meet the grandparents at the church. Mass and then show the kids the Crib.
- Back Home. Milk, cookies, carrots and water left out for our important visitors.
- Get the overtired and over excited kids to bed.
- Christmas music on the ipod as the room gets "prepped" for Santa's visit (making sure the hard bits were done in the days before if at all possible).
- Exchange presents with herself with glass of mulled wine, dying fire and something nice on the TV.
- Late to Bed in anticipation of an early start

Best day of the year.
touts is offline  
29-11-2011, 19:57   #72
leahyl
Registered User
 
leahyl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 11,900
Quote:
Originally Posted by touts View Post
- Up early in the morning
- Light a fire.
- Search through the fully stocked Fridge for whatever takes your fancy for breakfast.
- Watch some old black and white classic movie on TV while eating.
- Quick run into town just as shops open for the last bits (bread, cream etc)
- Back home and do some prep for the Christmas dinner with Christmas music playing in the background (used to cook the Turkey and Ham but recently we just get a cooked turkey and ham from a local butcher as it really frees up time on a day when you don't mind spending the money for more time to enjoy things).
- Back into town with the kids for a walk around to savour the atmosphere. Hopefully cold but dry. Carol singers and buskers randomly popping up here and there. Crowds of people rushing about but yet more smiles on faces (in particular young ones) than any other time of the year.
- Quick soup and sandwich for lunch somewhere in town where you can hear christmas music and watch the crowds pass by.
- Back home and lay the table while listening to Santa and his elf reading letters on RTE Radio 1. Derek Mooney has destroyed this in recent years so hopefully since it is a weekend he will be off doing his shopping.
- Crack open the tin of Quality street, box of tayto and tin of biscuits
- Watch the news to see the little faces as Santa departs Lapland
- Again raid the fridge for a light dinner (after snacking all afternoon)
- Get everyone in the house showered and dressed for mignight mass (at 9pm)
- Meet the grandparents at the church. Mass and then show the kids the Crib.
- Back Home. Milk, cookies, carrots and water left out for our important visitors.
- Get the overtired and over excited kids to bed.
- Christmas music on the ipod as the room gets "prepped" for Santa's visit (making sure the hard bits were done in the days before if at all possible).
- Exchange presents with herself with glass of mulled wine, dying fire and something nice on the TV.
- Late to Bed in anticipation of an early start

Best day of the year.
LOVE it!
leahyl is offline  
Thanks from:
01-12-2011, 11:42   #73
Sala
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,468
Loads of people here seem to have a tradition of getting a chinese take away on Christmas Eve.. think I'll adopt that one!

I personally go home to the parents Christmas eve, arrange all my presents under the tree (my favourite part ), help out with any food preparation, and go for a walk down town with to get any last minute bits and bobs, or just look at the lights. I go to midnight mass with mam, and then chill out in front of the fire with a glass of wine.
Sala is offline  
Thanks from:
01-12-2011, 12:09   #74
daniels.ducks
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 474
-Have a good sleep in because i'm usually only finished school around the 22nd/23rd.

-Have a good tayto sandwich and a few roses.

-Help with all the chopping of the vegetables, of which there are a lot. We cook for a about three days and take into account people picking at the dinner before they are supposed to.

-Make the stuffing as by father bones and rolls the massive turkey. We always pick our biggest turkey as nobody else will take it or has an oven enough bigger for it. Hence we have to bone it. One year we had a 36lb turkey Never seen the father so proud as he plucked the turkey.

-Give out to my younger brother as he prepares the ham. Mustard, brown sugar and honey. Dressed with cloves also.

-Take in mounds of visitors, as we sit around drinking tea.

-Have a walk around the fields, check are the cattle alright and have water. Bring the dogs for a walk (bring the gun if the weather is not too sharp) lovely time of year for this. Also might call into some of the older members of the community while i am doing this. The smell of burning turf/coal is amazing.

-Come home, snuggle up in a blanket, have hot chocolate, play a game of poker with the family or if we are not in the mood we turn on the TV.

-Get ready for midnight mass.

That's my Christmas eve finished! I fell all warm inside. The sooner these exams are over the better
daniels.ducks is offline  
(3) thanks from:
01-12-2011, 14:38   #75
Fergality
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 64
Love this thread!

Christmas eve might be my favourite day of the year, because it's mine, my twin brother's and my nanny's birthday

My tradition starts on the twenty third at twelve o clock. Myself and most of my friends work in the local cinema, and the only days we close are from Christmas Eve through St. Stephen's day, so our staff Christmas party is always on the night of the 23rd. We have a meal and go out for drinks that night, and at twelve o clock it's my birthday, so I step it up a notch and usually have to give away drinks to get rid of them.

Wake up EARLY on Christmas Eve, wish the brother a happy birthday and open presents with the bugger. Go up to my nan's then to celebrate our birthday's and the entire family is always there for the day, which makes it lovely/hilarious.

Around Lunch time we'll go down town to finish up the Christmas shopping and to just observe the Christmas atmosphere in town. I normally meet up with the OH at this stage and go for some Christmas lunch.

In the early evening we all meet up in my parents house for some birthday/Christmas Chinese, after which some of our friends will call up for a drink. We then go to the Sky and the Ground for drinks for around seven or eight. (This needs explaining. It's a Christmas Eve tradition in Wexford to spend it in the Sky and The Ground, and the place is always packed with everyone who you haven't seen since last Christmas in festive and jolly mood - it's fun!)

Finally, we'll all go home at around half ten or whenever the Sky closes, and walk past people going home from ten o clock mass wishing EVERYONE a happy Christmas on the way home. Normally when we get home my parents will be returning from their friend's house and we'll all have a little catch up before retiring to bed.

LOVE IT!!
Fergality is offline  
Thanks from:
Post Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Remove Text Formatting
Bold
Italic
Underline

Insert Image
Wrap [QUOTE] tags around selected text
 
Decrease Size
Increase Size
Please sign up or log in to join the discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



Share Tweet