Nollaig na mBan - pronounced nu-llig nah man - was totally new to me until last year when one of my neighbours decided to revive the tradition up here ...
We were more than 50 women together, enjoying left overs from everyone's Christmas and a good old natter - a wonderful extension of the Christmas festivities. Looking forward to a repeat of it this year.
Traditions are changing now .... Everyone's back to work on Monday 6th this year .... When I was at school the 6th January was a holy day - nothing started back until the 7th and if by some stroke of bad luck that we had to go back to school on the 3rd or 4th we still always had the 6th off.
The tree always stayed up until the 6th as well - it was considered bad luck to take it down early ..... I'm so tempted to clear everything away today but I probably won't - chicken! ... it seems silly having it up until Monday and then having to face it at the start of a busy week ... but the child in me still wants to keep the smell of pine needles in the house and the air of the holidays still around.
What are you doing to end the holiday? Will you leave your tree and decorations until the last minute or did you have them cleared away on Boxing Day?