Little Christmas

When we were growing up Mom insisted that the tree and decorations stay up until “Little Christmas”. “The twelve days of Christmas don’t end on December 25th . . . They BEGIN on December 25th”, she always said.

Irish Christmas traditions draw to a close on January 6. The 12 days of the Irish Christmas season mark the twelve days between the birth of Christ and the arrival of the “Three Wise Men”, the Magi. January 6 is the day of the feast of the Epiphany. It is called “Little Christmas” in Ireland, Nollaig Bheag in Gaelic.

 

 

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One thought on “Little Christmas

  1. friedensons@comcast.net says:

    Our only grandchildren (one almost 4 and the other 20 months) live in Barcelona. Whereas we observe Christmas in December here, in Spain they celebrate Three Kings’ Day in January. So our daughter and her husband bring the kids in December to spend Christmas with us, after which they fly home to observe Three Kings’ Day with their Spanish grandparents over there. Works out pretty well for the kids; they make out like bandits!

    Best wishes for 2014 to you and yours, Jeanette

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