An Irish History


When the country was occupied by the British, Irish Catholics would place three candles in their windows one for the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Other Catholics traveling through would recognize the home as being Catholic and would stop in and celebrate. The candles were also an invitation to priests who could stop in, say the Christmas Mass and spend the night.

Doors at night would be left open in a gesture of hospitality to Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus. While the Irish are known for their revelry, Christmas is more religious than festive. Manger scenes dominate each home, while Christmas trees are only found in a certain few.





Copyright 2003 Mary E. Bishop