The Forty Foot and Christmas Morning

It is traditional to swim in the sea on Christmas morning. This is often done in aid of charity. The Forty Foot is a traditional venue for this where hundreds brave the cold temperatures and jump into the sea. The Forty Foot is a promontory on the southern tip of Dublin Bay at Sandycove, Co […]

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Mistletoe, Mythology and Folklore

From the earliest times mistletoe has been one of the most magical, mysterious, and sacred plants of European folklore. Kissing under the mistletoe is a well-known holiday tradition, but this little plant’s history as a symbolic herb dates back thousands of years. Many ancient cultures prized mistletoe for its healing properties. The plant’s romantic overtones […]

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‘A Childhood Christmas’ by Patrick Kavanagh

One side of the potato‑pits was white with frost— How wonderful that was, how wonderful! And when we put our ears to the paling‑post The music that came out was magical. The light between the ricks of hay and straw Was a hole in Heaven’s gable. An apple tree With its December‑glinting fruit we saw […]

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