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What is the Christmas tradition in Ireland?

What is the Christmas tradition in Ireland?

Aside from the obvious — mass, eating, drinking and exchanging gifts — Irish people celebrate Christmas Day in some surprising ways. From Christmas Day swims to fun runs, Irish people love raising money for charitable causes over Christmas.

When did Christmas start in Ireland?

8 December
Christmas in Ireland traditionally begins on 8 December, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, with many putting up their decorations and Christmas trees on that day, and runs through until 6 January, or Little Christmas….

Christmas in Ireland
Begins 8 December
Ends 6 January
Date 25 December
Next time 25 December 2021

Who brought Christmas to Ireland?

Christmas trees were introduced to the wealthy of Britain and Ireland in the early 1840s. The custom was introduced to Britain from Germany by Prince Albert —Teutonic trees had been decorated with apples, nuts and paper flowers since the 16th century.

What do Irish eat on Christmas?

Families in Ireland sit down together on Christmas Day to eat a big meal. Roast turkey is the most popular centrepiece of an Irish Christmas dinner. Alternatives to turkey include roast or boiled ham, both traditional and still popular. Goose or duck would be very traditional but less popular these days.

What is the most popular Christmas tradition in Ireland?

1. The Laden table. The centre-piece of the Christmas holiday in Ireland is the Christmas Dinner. In the old times, after the often lavish meal, the kitchen table was again set and on it was placed some bread and milk and the table adorned with a welcoming candle.

How do the Irish say Merry Christmas?

Here’s how to say Happy Christmas in Irish. Nollaig shona dhuit! = Happy Christmas!/Merry Christmas!

What does Ireland drink for Christmas?


  • 2 parts Irish Whiskey.
  • 1 part Kahlua coffee liqueur.
  • ½ part mint schnapps.
  • Christmas Santa stick for decoration.

What do the Irish call Christmas?

In Irish (or Gaelic) Christmas is ‘Nollaig’, Santa Claus is known as ‘San Nioclás’ (Saint Nicholas) or ‘Daidí na Nollag’ (Father Christmas) and Happy/Merry Christmas is ‘Nollaig Shona Dhuit’.