on it is placed the photographs of the absent members of the family. On the sixth of January the holly is burned, the candles extinguished and the photographs stored away.
School: Clochar na Trócaire, Carn Domhnaigh (roll number 16821)
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The belief is still held firmly that at midnight on Christmas Eve, donkeys go down on their two knees as if in adoration, and it is said that if a person touches the cross on the donkey's back, and wishes for something, that his wish will be granted.
It is not customary to go on "céilidhe" on Christmas night. Another custom which is carried on is that of the "Christmas Rhymers." A batch of boys, sometimes called the "Straw Boys," dressed in worn out clothing go from house to house and say their rhymes. Then they get some money and they start off to the next house. They spend their collection on a little feast which they have around