What Irish Christmas traditions do you remember or hand down for posterity?

Wrenboys on St. Stephen's Day in Dingle, Ireland.

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It is a tradition for some to read 'The Dead' by James Joyce. This novella is the final story in Joyce's collection Dubliners. It describes a Christmas party given by Kate and Julia Morkan, two elderly Dublin ladies, that is attended by their nephew, Gabriel Conroy, and his wife. While the party is festive, full of dancing, drinking, and eating, it is also pervaded by political, religious, and sexual tensions, as well as memories of loss. When Gabriel and his wife go home at the end of the night, she reveals a long-kept secret that leads to an epiphany.

I always will remember the christmas puddings boiling in cloth in the lead up to Christmas.

One of the newest items in our shop are Christmas puddings... The Irish born in our Community are ecstatic... I am kicking myself for not buying a pair of earrings I saw at a faire in Donegal afew years back...They were hand-beaded Christmas puddings...

It is traditional to swim in the sea on Christmas morning often done in aid of charity. The 40 Foot in Sandycove in Dublin is a traditional venue for this where hundreds brave the cold temperatures and jump into the sea.

Brrrr... sort of like our Polar  Bear swims here I would think

For us...St Stephen's day is about doing unseen good deeds... leaving a fully cooked dinner on the porch for an elderly couple... dropping food boxes off at homes in the poorer sections of town...

Bless you Bit

Christmas 'Jumper(The Irish name for Sweater)' parties have gotten popular in recent years in Ireland

I'll settle for the old tradition of placing a lighted candle in the window announcing a place of refuge for strangers. Plenty are sure to drop in as we're having an open-house party tomorrow evening!

As regards the Christmas sweater, there is a minor craze going on at the moment in these parts and that is to scour the secondhand and charity stores to find the tackiest and most outrageous of the genre. Evidently good taste was at it lowest ebb in the 80' and '90's.

Peter Murphy,

Brampton,ON.

Canada.

nice looking jumper for christmas

heres a Christmas card I have been using for years

http://www.jacquielawson.com/viewcard.asp?code=JY10161936

feel free to use it if you like

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