The Irish Twelve Days of Christmas

In this post and others to follow daily I will be focusing on The Irish Twelve Days of Christmas.

“You all know the twelve days of Christmas, from Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” to a partridge in a pear tree. But what happens during those twelve days in Ireland?

December 24th – Christmas Eve

The Christmas tree was only imported quite recently into Ireland – but Christmas Eve was the time when candles were lit. After sundown several candles, one for each member of the household, were put into the windows. Either as a modernized pagan tradition or “to guide the Holy Family”. The largest candle was known as coinneal mór na Nollag (“the great Christmas candle”). Then it was off to church … And a drink with the neighbors afterward

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