BY ZAK BOLICK
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- In Ireland, people celebrate Christmas in much the same way as people in the UK and the USA, but they also have many of their own Christmas traditions and customs.
- Christmas for Irish people who are Catholics, lasts from Christmas Eve to the feast of Epiphany on January 6th which some Irish people called “Little Christmas.”
- There is an old tradition that in some Irish houses (although not many now) people put a tall,thick candle in the largest window in their house to represent the welcoming light for Mary and Joseph.
- In Irish Santa Claus is known as 'San Nioclás.'
- In Irish Merry Christmas is 'Nollaig Shona Dhuit.'
- Children hope that Santa will bring them presents on Christmas Eve.
- The Irish holiday food is a spiced turkey that is soaked in spiced water for several days and then baked and then cooked. This can be served hot or cold and for dessert is a cake roll and commonly known as Christmas pudding.
- The day after Christmas Day is known as St Stephen’s Day or Boxing Day which is very important in Ireland. Like in the UK, football games and horse racing meetings are held on St Stephen’s Day.