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So, you want to have an Irish Christmas? Learn the how, and even the why with these short articles. From Irish Blessings for Christmas to Gaelic Blessings for the New Year, you can learn about Irish traditions from decorating the house with holly to hunting the wren on St. Stephen's Day; from making Irish plum pudding to putting a candle in the window on Christmas Eve for the passing stranger. Read about Newgrange and enjoy our Christmas reading list and Irish Christmas poetry, as well as Irish Carols. Happy Christmas to you and yours!

The Mummers in the Celtic Countries
The MummersWhile the origin of the mummers remains unclear, they were still a vital part of Irish tradition up to the present century. Much like the 'wren boys,' and 'straw boys,' they went from house to house on St. Stephen's Day (December 26th) or during the long winter days providing entertainment.What distingusishes them, however, is that they performed plays, as opposed to just music or...
Celtic Blessings for Christmas
Some lovely Celtic and Irish Blessings for Christmas and the New Year! This one is really popular for Christmas Cards and eCards. Enjoy! If you want to really embrace your friends, you can send them Christmas cards with Celtic Blessings in Irish or Gaelic. More Celtic Blessings in Gaelic here.Celtic Blessing for the Christmas Season
Irish Christmas Pudding Recipe
Irish Plum Pudding RecipeIngredients and directions for making.
Scotland & Auld Lang Syne
Hogmanay is bascially Scottish New Year and most likely had its roots in ancient fire festivals that occurred during the "Daft Days" what would later have become the 12 Days of Christmas.Here's Robert Byrnes version of Auld Lang Syne and the current story of Hogmanay.
Seed Cakes for Christmas Eve, Epiphany
On the Feast of Epiphany, Little Christmas, Nollaig na mBan, it would have been usual to cook Seed Cakes. Ditto for St. Stephen's Day (December 26th), also known as Boxing Day,