School: Ring, Dalahasey (roll number 9111)

Ring Commons, Co. Dublin
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Local Christmas Customs

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0783, Page 27

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All Christian countries in the world have their own pecualer Christmas customs to mark the blessed season of the birth of the Lord, but I am only going to tell our own customs in the district.

The house is whitewashed and the furniture is scrubbed the house is decorated with holly and ivy and the christmas dinner is a chicken or turkey the christmas pudding is boiled a week before christmas and is boiled for twelve hours.
In parts of Ireland where old customs are maintained the people leave lighted candles on their windows on Christmas Eve, as an invitation to all who like Mary and Joseph on the first Christmas Eve, may be wandering about unable to find shelter for the night, in every part of Ireland wanderers and tramsp are welcomed everywhere.
Boys called mummers dress up in old clothes and puts on a false face go around from house to house for forthnight after Christmas they sing dance and play music.
Christmas is a time of peace because it was

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Kevin White
Dermotstown, Co. Dublin