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CHRISTMAS CUSTOMS


 

Ireland

Christmas in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland

by Class A1, Letterkenny Vocational School

 

From Scoil an Ghleanna, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland

St. Stephen's Day, 26th December, is known in Dingle as The Wren's Day (pronounced RAN'S). In Irish we call it Lá an Dreoilín. Many people, young and old, dress up and go from house to house with a mock wren in a nest collecting money. They knock on the door and when somebody answers, they sing:

The wren,the wren, the king of all birds,

St. Stephen's Day he was caught in the furze,

Up with the kettle and down with the pan.

Give us a penny to bury the wren.

They sing and dance in the house and are given food, drink and money. The money is usually given to charity. Some parents and children from our school collected money on the wren and we bought a photocopier and computer.

We all love going "on the wren" and are looking forward to 26th December!

Nollaig faoi shéan agus athbhliain faoi mhaise dár gcairde ar fud an domhain!

Good morning from St. Seachnaill's N.S.,

Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath, Ireland.

We have many Christmas traditions in Ireland. Many of these traditions are adopted from different countries around the world, but the ones that are from Ireland are very interesting and we are proud of them.

FOOD: Christmas Pudding is a very filling dessert in Ireland. Turkey is eaten in most homes in Ireland but goose is another favorite for families all over Ireland.

PRESENTS: During Christmas we give presents to friends and families. Father Christmas comes down the chimney to give presents to little children. Presents are usually put under the Christmas tree.

DECORATIONS: People hang decorations all over their house at Christmas time. A star or angel is placed on top of the Christmas tree. Some people buy plastic Christmas trees while others tend to buy real Christmas trees. We also put a candle in our windows as a symbol that Mary and Joseph would be welcome in our house. Stockings are put by the fireplace in the hope that Santa will fill them. We all put a crib in our houses.

Happy Christmas Everybody or in our native language

Nollaig Shona Dhaoibh.

From:Sinead Mc Kenna and Holly Barrett, 6th class.


Updated December 2000 by The Viking Network.
Irish Co-ordinator Michael Farry, Navan Education Centre sod@indigo.ie

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