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Nollaig Shona Duit - Happy Christmas in Irish

Christmas offers in IrelandIrish Christmas traditions are similar to those found in most Western countries. The basic Christmas rituals such as decorating trees, Christmas Party Nights, giving gifts and attending Mass are shared by most countries where Christmas is celebrated. Ireland also have its unique Christmas rituals.

Twelve Days of Christmas

Christmas offers in IrelandBecause it is still quite a religious country, Catholicism being the most prevalent, Irish traditions reflect this more than the increasingly secular customs of North America. The popular Christmas carol, Twelve Days of Christmas is a remnant from the time when Catholicism was illegal and the gifts listed in the song are hidden references to Catholic dogma. It was used as a memory exercise for those who were secret adherents to Catholicism.

Lighting Candles

Lighting CandlesSome people would light candles to signify symbolic hospitality for Mary and Joseph. The candle was a way of saying there was room for Jesus' parents in these homes even if there was none in Bethlehem. Some people even set extra places at their tables as a preparation for unexpected visitors.

Christmas Dinner

Christmas DinnerChristmas dinners in Ireland usually consist of the standard fare; turkey, a ham, stuffing, cranberry sauce, etc. Among the more traditional Irish elements are spiced beef (spiced over several days, cooked, and then pressed) which can be served either hot or cold. The traditional dessert is usually composed of mince pies, Christmas pudding, and brandy or rum sauce.

Christmas Shopping 2016

Christmas ShoppingTreat yourself to a pre Christmas shopping break in one of Ireland's beautiful cities, escape the pressures of Christmas and enjoy some 'retail therapy' in Dublin, Cork, Galway or Limerick.

We have got loads of great value Christmas shopping B&B breaks, so go on and book a Christmas shopping break in Ireland!

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