Your Irish Christmas

Christmas is less than 10 days away, but there’s still time to add Irish cheer to your celebration. Here are four simple ways to make December 25th just a tad Irish.

 

Decorate

Even with less than two weeks to go, you can still decorate your home with some of the most beloved Irish Christmas traditions. Fresh greenery and a tree are obvious choices. Don’t forget to add a few Irish ornaments to your mix. We like the idea of adding one per year to steadily grow your collection.

There’s another decoration you must wait until Christmas Eve to set up, the welcoming candle. This thick candle is to be placed in a windowsill and lit after sunset on Christmas Eve. It burns all night and is meant to serve as a guiding or welcoming light for Mary and Joseph.

 

Bake

While traditional Irish families may have a variety of desserts on Christmas, there’s one that stands out, a cake with caraway seed. This distinctively flavored dessert has found favor among both the Irish and British. It’s a perfect complement to coffee or a nightcap. Here’s a quick recipe to make your own.

Caraway Seed Cake

INGREDIENTS
¾ cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
4 egg whites
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon caraway seed

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 300°. Using a mixer, cream butter and sugar. Add egg whites one at a time, gradually working into the mixture. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and gradually add to the wet mixture. Flour and grease a Bundt pan or 10-inch fluted pan and pour in the mixture. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

 

Sing

If you can only add one Irish carol to your playlist this December, make it “The Wexford Carol.” This song originated in the 1300s in County Wexford and is still a popular tune today. Other favorites include, “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night,” and “Christmas in Killarney.”

 

Reflect

Remember the reason for the season and spend some time reflecting on the birth of Jesus. You may do this by attending mass or a church service or picking up a book of daily advent readings. You may also find a connection to the season by spending time with loved ones or doing acts of kindness. Whatever you decide, slow down and enjoy the season.

12 thoughts on “Your Irish Christmas”

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  2. I loved reading your article about how the Irish celebrate Christmas. Your customs, recipe and suggestions will help us keep the reason for the season in our hearts and remember to bring comfort and joy to others. Thank you. And, from our family to yours…Have a blessed and very merry Christmas and a happy and peaceful New Year.

  3. I am enjoying the newsletter. I do want to order a couple of things but will wait until after Christmas . Books in particular. I have discovered many Irish things in our family I find interesting. May you have a very Blessed Irish Christmas Season.

  4. Love the Irish newsletter. Always very interesting and informative. Please keep them up. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.🎄🍾

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  6. Merry Christmas! Love your messages. Perhaps I will buy something after Christmas. Not getting too much this year. Mary Flaherty

  7. Merry Christmas! Love receiving my catalog each month. Really enjoy the newsletter and learning about Irish traditions. Really makes me miss my family.

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