I had never heard of “Women’s Christmas” until my friend, Martine Brennan, wished me “Happy Nollaig na Mbán” earlier today.
I looked it up on Twitter (where else?!), and found this post explaining that it’s a tradition in Ireland to celebrate January 6th as “Women’s Christmas”.
I think it’s interesting that, in Catholic countries, January 6th is an important day for celebrations. In France, Italy and Spain, it’s the main day for giving presents – far more important than Christmas Day.
Here in the UK, on the other hand, January 6th is the day we take down the Christmas decorations, to avoid inviting bad luck!
And it’s a real shame that the decorations have to come down today, and the cards put in the recycling bin, because I’ve only just got into the swing of things!
I had almost forgotten that Christmas was coming, this year, until I had to make a last-minute dash to the supermarket, on 24th December, to get in some much-needed provisions.
I know it’s hard to imagine forgetting about Christmas – the malls had been decked with boughs of holly since August, after all!
The twinkly lights will be staying up, though. No matter what the time of year, I love having decorative lights or candles to brighten up the dark evenings.
So a merry and bright Nollaig na Mbán until next year.
From tomorrow, things will be “back to normal” – whatever that might mean. 🙂