An Irish home goes through a thorough cleaning before the best linens are brought out of the cupboards for the season.
If you really want to show true Irish spirit, a candle should be lit and placed in a window on Christmas Eve - it is usually the job of the youngest member of the family to light it.
Once everyone has enjoyed their meal on Christmas Eve, the table is cleaned and repacked with a bread loaf (with caraway seeds and raisins), milk and a large candle.
Mistletoe and holly wreaths are used for decoration on houses. All decorations are then removed on the sixth of January, as it is bad luck to do so before then.
Food is prepared by family members of all ages, with turkey, Irish shamrocks and potatoes included.
The twelve days of Christmas, between 26 December and 6 January, would see small gifts handed out on each day. There will also be a number of parties and festivities during this time.
One thing you can be sure of is that Christmas in Ireland will not be a dull affair. There are hundreds of events and activities for the entire family to enjoy so book hotel accommodation in Ireland now to prepare for the festivities.Back