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an irish christmas: what christmas is like in ireland!

One of my fave holidays
with one of my fave countries?
Say no more haha

Hi there! Welcome back to Maggie’s Doodles πŸŽ„πŸŽ„ 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 πŸ€

Nollaig Shona Dhuit! That’s how you say Happy Christmas in Gaelic!

In Ireland, Santa Claus is known as San NioclΓ‘s (St. Nicholas) and DaidΓ­ na Nollag (Father Christmas) πŸŽ… 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 NioclÑs bringing them presents on Christmas Eve night! 🌌

look at these little Nollaig gnomes tehe

(oh my goodness Irish Carol of the Bells is legendary lol I love it!)

Many Irish people begin decorating for Nollaig on December 8th! πŸŽ„

For Christmas dinner, they’ll have turkey, sometimes homemade spiced beef, Christmas Cake (a fruit cake with marzipan and icing πŸ˜‹ ), 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! 😍

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13 thoughts on “an irish christmas: what christmas is like in ireland!”

  1. This is SO cool! I’m really glad you joined in on this…how else would I have learned about these fun Christmas traditions? I think I like the idea of Women’s Christmas best…lol.
    I can’t wait to see everyone else’s posts!

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  2. As a Third Culture Kid, I love hearing about Christmas around the world! I sent in a post to another blog about the Christmas traditions I have experienced in the different countries I have lived in

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  3. This was actually neat to learn about. I am Irish 100% however I am not from Ireland lol. I live in PA ( United States). I think you just gave me a idea on what to write about next break up some of my DIY projects I’ve done for Xmas. Good read well written ❀️

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