This patriotic Map of Ireland Christmas ornament is a brilliant way to show your Celtic heritage during the holidays. Many Christmas traditions today originated from early Celtic and Irish traditions.
IRISH CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS
Ireland has many Christmas traditions. Some Irish Christmas traditions include leaving bread and milk out and the door unlatched after Christmas dinner as a symbol of hospitality. Christmas decorations like holly and mistletoe are traditionally taken down on Little Christmas. It is considered to be bad luck to take them down beforehand. Irish homes are decorated throughout with holly and mistletoe. The druids put holly out as a kind gesture to tiny fairies who might use it as a hiding place. In time the holly became an Irish Christmas tradition and the red berries came to symbolize Christ's blood. Mistletoe was believed to have special healing powers by ancient Celts. The Celts believed mistletoes power was so great that its very presence could encourage a brief truce among enemies.