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Irish Christmas Traditions
The Wren Boys and
St. Stephen's Day
St Stephen's Day, December 26 is one of nine official Holidays in Ireland. In Northern Ireland and throughout the United Kingdom, the day is also known as Boxing Day,
also an official Holiday.
The Feast Day of St. Stephen commemorates the
first Christian Martyr.
He was stoned to death by an angry mob
under the auspices
of Saul of Tarsus, who later became St. Paul.
Ireland, the day after Christmas is a common day
for visiting friends
and hosting neighbors and family. In Ireland, in some
districts, the gentry would have
a kind of open house and offer food to
the neighbors. We have also heard of open houses at
some parishes but
we have no written source for that. We do know the custom of visiting
and being called upon by relatives and friends was very common
throughout Ireland and is carried on to this day.
The open house custom
the day after Christmas extended
to Irish-America and is still fairly
common in Texas and
the Southern US.
The Wren Boys are also a
prominent fixture in Irish lore on
St. Stephen's Day. The practice of a
group of singing boys going around from house to house on St.
was a long held tradition in Ireland for hundreds of
The wren, the wren, the king of all birds,
On Saint Stephen's Day was caught in the furze.
Up with the kettle and down with the pan,
Pray give us a penny to bury the wren.
...Traditional Irish Verse
Sometimes the boys would go around in costumes, or deck themselves in straw and blackface. In 1840, the Mayor of Cork issued a proclamation against the
signing processions of boys on the grounds of the cruelty inflicted on
the hapless wren.
The two most common reasons for the custom are both
Irish Legends. The first is that it was a wren who inadvertently
the hiding place of the aforementioned St. Stephen, the early Christian
The second legend of the origin of the custom goes back about 1100 hundred years to the Norse invasions. A
group of native Irish were going to counter attack a Norse stronghold
their hiding place was given away by a wren who pecked on a drum
that had some crumbs of bread dropped upon it.
In both versions of the
legends, the boys seek revenge on the wren for its betrayal.
For better or for worse, only
in the past 30 to 40 years is this custom fading from popular culture in
THIS WAS THE THIRD AND FINAL PART of our
Irish Traditions series.
Nollaig Shona Duit Agaibh Do Gach Duine
Our GREETINGS BANNER at the top of
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"Merry Christmas to You
and to Everyone"...
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Nollig honna gwits agiv doe gak dwina...
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Thanks for reading us. Merry Christmas! ED
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The Musical features the hit songs
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The Pantages Theatre
Sunday, December 27
Holiday Lights Tour along the waterfront and neighborhoods of Long Beach, Belmont
Shore and Naples. The cost is only $10, must call and make a reservation.
Drinks after at O'Malley's Pub if we get enough in our group. The pick up is at the SEAPORT MARINA HOTEL
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Call Peter at the BIG RED BUS
Tuesday, December 29
at the Alex Theater, Glendale with Media City Ballet.
Media City Ballet World Christmas Show
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Cleary Irish Dancers will be performing at Disneyland!
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JOHN McCUTCHEON in concert;
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The Harp Inn
The Pubs Featured this week are all doing
something special for this Holiday Season.
Drop by and join in the Christmas Festivities
and plan now for New Year's Eve & Day!
Come see ALL the Games in HDTV
Live Music most days!
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130 E. 17th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
949646-8855 www.harpinn.com The King's Head Pub
Join us for Happy Hour;
Monday thru Friday from
4:00 to 7:00 PM
Drink and Appetizer Specials
in the Pub ONLYSpecial Christmas Eve CelebrationsSnow, Drinks AND SANTA!
You are invited to join in on our double
New Year's Eve Fun!!
British New Year at 4:00pm PST.
Count down all evening for our
The King's Head Shoppe is right next to the pub
in the heart of Santa Monica. Skip the malls,
have lunch or Afternoon Tea and shop
this year with no stress.King's Head Pub and Shoppe
116 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA
Drop by anytime in December
and enjoy a great lunch or dinner
and top it off with a glass of
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Use the festive backdrop to
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Call 949 640-4110 Ask for Mary!
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