One of my fave holidays
with one of my fave countries?
Say no more haha
Hi there! Welcome back to Maggie’s Doodles 🎄🎄 Christmastime is in full swing here! I’m excited to be taking part in a collab today 🤩
Diamond came up with the idea to do Christmas Around The World! Different bloggers are sharing posts on their blog chatting about what Christmas is like in other countries. Everyone’s welcome to join! You can write about your own country, or pick a country to learn about. I’ve chosen a different country to write about, as you’ve seen by the title: Ireland!
First, if you’d like to feel very festive and cheery while reading this post, how about turning on some Irish Christmas Carols! 😍 (click here if you can’t see the player)
an irish christmas 🍀
Nollaig Shona Dhuit! That’s how you say Happy Christmas in Gaelic!
In Ireland, Santa Claus is known as San Nioclás (St. Nicholas) and Daidí na Nollag (Father Christmas) 🎅 ho ho ho haha
Christmas in Ireland is celebrated in pretty much the same way as it is in the US. Kids look forward to San Nioclás bringing them presents on Christmas Eve night! 🌌
(oh my goodness Irish Carol of the Bells is legendary lol I love it!)
Many Irish people begin decorating for Nollaig on December 8th! 🎄
For Christmas dinner, they’ll have turkey, sometimes homemade spiced beef, Christmas Cake (a fruit cake with marzipan and icing 😋 ), and Christmas pudding!
Catholics celebrate Christmas starting on Christmas Eve and continuing through January 6th, which is when they have the feast of Epiphany. Some people call it ‘Little Christmas’! Some Irish people also celebrate ‘Nollaig na mBean’ on January 6th, which translates to Women’s Christmas! According to tradition, the women go out and have tea and cakes and enjoy chatting while the men stay home to clean the house and cook 🤣 amazing haha
The day after Christmas (called Boxing Day in the UK, Canada, and other countries) is called St. Stephen’s Day in Ireland! Football matches ⚽ and horse races 🐎 are held this day.
thanks to this helpful website I found and used:
WhyChristmas (an amazing resource!)
Thanks for reading! It was so fun to learn about how Christmas is celebrated in Ireland. I can’t wait to check out other posts in this series! 😍