A Christmas In Ireland
By: Brittney Daniels
Ireland Christmas Traditions
A Candle in the Window- this Christmas Tradition is practiced till this day it symbolizes the welcome of Mary and Joseph as they traveled looking for Shelter.
The Laden Table- After the evening meal on Christmas Eve, the kitchen table is set an a loaf of bread filled with caraway seeds and raisins, a picture of milk and a candle is lit. The door to the house is left unlatched that Mary and Joseph, or any wandering traveler.
Traditional Decorations in Ireland - The placing of a ring of Holly on doors that originated in Ireland as one of the main plants at Christmas time.
Did You know ?
That is bad luck in Ireland to take down Christmas decorations before January 6th.
Traditional Irish Soda Bread- After the evening meal the loaf of bread is set on the table filled with raisins and caraway seeds as a symbol of hospitality for Mary and Joseph.
What you will Need:
1/3cup plus 1 Tbsp. sugar, divided1tsp.
CALUMET Baking Powder
1/2cup cold butter, cut up
1/3 cup of Almonds
How to Make it
HEAT oven to 350°F.
MIX flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add buttermilk and currants; stir just until moistened.
PLACE dough on lightly floured surface; knead 10 times. Shape into 2-1/2-inch-thick round. Place on baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Cut deep 1/2-inch "X" in top of dough; sprinkle with remaining sugar.
BAKE 1 hour or until golden brown. Remove from baking sheet to wire rack; cool completely before cutting into wedges.
Miram's Potato Bread- a traditional dish made, usually made after Christmas Mass for Breakfast.
What you will need:
Prep time 10 minutes
Cooking time 30 minutes
- 4 potatoes
- 1 cup of white flour
- Pinch of salt
- Knob of butter
- Boil potatoes and then mash them with salt and butter
- Knead in flour to make a soft dough
- Divide into two dough balls and roll out to formtwo 10″ circles
- Cut circles into quarters
- Fry in butter until lightly browned on both sides
Gift Giving in Ireland
In Ireland the Gift should not be expensive. The key is to give something personal and important. The gifts are usually opened in front of the receiver and it is polite to refuse the gift up to three times at the max.
Irish Traditional Christmas Songs
Traditional Irish Christmas Songs
Wexford Carol- a beloved christmas carol played by most Irish families. The song originated from County Wexford.
The Kerry Christmas Carol- The poem is an old Irish custom in which each household would leave a lighted candle in their window on Christmas night. There was abelief that Joseph and Mary and the Child still wandered the roads of the world, looking for a place to rest from the persecution of Herod. That they should show a preference for the roads of rural Ireland was accepted as a given.
Weather Conditions During Christmas in Ireland
The temperature barely goes below 46 degrees Fahrenheit. And most days are closer to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature may drop to 32 degrees Fahrenheit, but it is a rare occasion. In December to January the temperature may get up to 57 degrees.
On Christmas Eve and Christmas in Ireland is is traditional to swim in the sea nude or in a swim suit.
Religious Activities on Christmas
Most people from Ireland are Catholic and Christmas is a religious celebration. Many Catholics go go ( Catholic Mass) , where the church is beautifully decorated and a manger scene in front of the altar.
-Do not give lilies or white flowers on Christmas, in Ireland they symbolize death.
-It is custmomary to politely refuse a gift in Ireland from the giver in Ireland.
-In the Irish Language Christmas is called " Nollaig" which comes fromt the latin word "natalica", meaningbirthday.