Want to wish your friends and family
Merry Christmas in Irish this season? Well that's easy simply tell them
"Nollaig Shona Dhuit" pronounced NO-Lihg HO-nuh ghwich and literally
translated means Happy Christmas. Today in Ireland, the most commonly
used greeting during the holiday season is "Happy Christmas." Our Irish Blessing
and Claddagh Wreath
Christmas cards will also do the trick.
Are you looking for a warm and heartfelt Irish blessing for Christmas? Our Irish Blessing Bread Warmers
and Christmas Blessing Ornaments
are perfect. Try this Irish Christmas Blessing....
"The light of the Christmas star to you, The warmth of home and
hearth to you, The cheer and good will of friends to you, The hope of a
childlike heart to you, The joy of a thousand angels to you, The love
of the Son and God's peace to you."
In Ireland fall is the time of the year to make the house ready for
the upcoming holiday celebrations. An Irish home is cleaned top to
bottom. Special holiday Irish Linens, like our 12 Days of Christmas Tea Towel
are brought out of storage. Once all is clean it is ready for festive Christmas decorating and a cozy turf fire! Cuddle up to our exclusive Irish Country Candles
with our popular scents like Turf Fire
and Celtic Winter.
And for those more romantic winter evenings try our Celtic Love Spell Candle.
Did you know that "Holly and Holly Wreaths" were Irish traditions
too? Yep, that's right. No Irish home would be complete without the
holly. Holly grows wild in Ireland and is used to decorate the entire
house. The Celtics believed holly represented life and rebirth much like the Tree of Life
evergreen leaves symbolized life during a time when all else was bare
and the red berries represented the coming of Spring. With the coming
of Christianity to Ireland the berries took on a new meaning, new life
in Christ. One charming folklore says holly is put out as a kind
gesture to tiny fairies
who might use it as a hiding place to come in
out of the cold if ou don't have a proper Magical Fairy Door.
Holly wreaths as a door decoration can be traced to
North American Irish immigrating to the US during the Great Potato
The ancient Celts believed that mistletoe had healing powers. Its
powers were so great that its presence encourage a brief truce among
enemies. Hence the Victorian era custom of kissing under the mistletoe.
So turn up the Irish Christmas Music
, start playing your Bodhráns
, hang the mistle toe and let the kissing begin!
Do you put a candle in the window at Christmas time as part of your
decoration? Well, guess what that's an Irish Christmas tradition too!
Candles in the window
date back to ancient time's laws of hospitality
towards stronger. To have a light in your window on Christmas Eve to
welcome the stranger meant that you were welcoming the Holy Family too.
To have no light meant that you shared the guilt of the Innkeeper at
Bethlehem who said, "No Room"!
In Ireland they have traditional holiday foods. The Irish Christmas
cooking usually starts early with the making of plum pudding
, fruit cakes,
breads, and spiced beef. A traditional Irish Christmas meal
might consist of roasted goose, potatoes, cranberry sauce,
vegetables, sausages, puddings, and yummy fruit cakes. Our Fecking Book of Irish Recipes
has all the traditional Irish recipes like Irish Soda Bread and Bread Pudding for the holidays with a bit od Irish humor as well. Our yummy Irish chocolate bars
are the perfect holiday stocking stuffers.
Don't forget you can always start your own Irish Christmas traditions ... like hanging a St. Brigid's Cross
in the door way for triming your tree with Irish ornaments like our Doors of Ireland
Most of all don't forget to toast your family and friends on Christmas with a lovely Irish Coffee
Impress your family and firends with a "Wee Bit -O- Irish" this holiday
season. Try this Irish Christmas Toasts In Gealic, "Nollaig faoi shéan
is faoi shonas duit." It means "A prosperous and happy Christmas to