Thursday: Chat with Joe McGowan About Irish Christmas Traditions

Join us for a LIVE Wild Geese Community Chat session on Irish Christmas traditions.  Our special guest for this chat will be author and historian, Joe McGowan of County Sligo.  Joe is the author of several books, including "A Bitter Wind."

The chat will be held in the Main Chat Room here at on Thursday, December 5th.  It will commence at 5:00 p.m. Eastern (U.S.) Time and run for approximately 45 minutes.  This chat will help anyone with Irish roots who is looking to feel more connected to their ancestors' Christmastime traditions this holiday season.

As if this isn't reason enough to join in on the chat, MyIrelandBox will be giving away one of their special January gift boxes to one lucky chat participant, so be sure to log-in to and join in on the discussion to ensure eligibility for this intriguing gift!

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Comment by Joe Mc Gowan on December 5, 2013 at 3:59pm

Hello all, can I kick off from this side of the Atlantic by saying that my  most vivid memories of a childhood Christmas in a pre TV age centre around visits from the Mummers, parcels from America, holly decorations and Santa Claus.

Comment by Joe Mc Gowan on December 5, 2013 at 4:00pm

Parcels from our cousins in America were a special treat at Christmas.  What excitement as we lifted out colouring books, red striped ‘candy cane’ shaped like walking sticks, packs of multi-hued crayon, bright coloured rock candy and pencil cases decorated with images of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Pluto

Comment by Joe Mc Gowan on December 5, 2013 at 4:02pm

Coffee we got too, teabags, chicken noodle soup and peanut butter which weren't available in Ireland then.  'Lumberjackets too...  Most of these memories are documented in 'Echoes of a Savage Land...

Comment by Joe Mc Gowan on December 5, 2013 at 4:03pm

Okay then everyone very quiet!  Anyone want to ask a question?

Comment by Joe Mc Gowan on December 5, 2013 at 4:07pm

Hello!  Hellloooo, anyone out there........

Comment by Joe Mc Gowan on December 5, 2013 at 4:09pm

Okay then let's keep the show on the road:~

One of the customs is the placing of a lighted candle in the window on Christmas Eve and is now observed to guide the Holy Family who found no room at the inn in Bethlehem. Also a token of welcome to deceased members of the family believed to return to their home at this time of year and to absent members of the family.       

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Comment by Nollaig 2016 on December 5, 2013 at 4:12pm

Joe comment in the chat room

Comment by Ryan O'Rourke on December 5, 2013 at 4:13pm


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