Archives for December 2011

Irish Toasts & Blessings For A Happy New Year

Here is a collection of Irish toasts and blessings to help you ring in the New Year, with a little bit of Irish wit and wisdom. Happy New Year To All!     Image Credit Always remember to forget The troubles that pass away. But never forget to remember The blessings that come each day. […]

Nostalgia For A Lingering Irish Christmas

Discarded American Christmas trees line sidewalks mere days after the festive occasion.  A sadness swells in my heart when I see them, abandoned to a mulching fate. Image Credit Christmas Day in Ireland marks the beginning of festivities, not the end.  I miss post-Christmas Irish get-togethers, throughout the Twelve Days of Christmas. Bottles of whiskey, […]

Happy Christmas From Irish American Mom

Merry Christmas to all.  I hope you have a wonderful time, filled with love, family and friends. Image Credit Thank you to all who have found my blog, and taken time to read my ramblings.  Your kind thoughts, comments, and support have meant the world to me over the past three months, as I took […]

Over The Rooftops – A New Christmas Song

Earlier this week an old college friend sent me a link for a Christmas song he wrote.  “Over The Rooftops” is written by Frank Foley and performed by “The Allstars”. Ever since I first listened, I have been humming it in my head, singing it to the kids, and driving everyone crazy with my out […]

Newgrange – Ireland’s Megalithic Wonder Of The Winter Solstice


Older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Egypt, Newgrange is Ireland’s finest megalithic monument. Today, when the sun rises on the morning of the winter solstice, this mythical tomb will reveal its ancient, astronomical secrets. Image Credit On the shortest day of the year, a shaft of light from the rising sun, enters the […]

Baileys Mint Chocolate Cookie Truffles

Baileys Mint Chocolate Cookie Truffles In A Gift Box

The smooth, creamy taste of Baileys is a true taste of Ireland and what better way could there be to create home made gifts for Christmas, than by using Bailey’s cream liqueur for these delicious Irish Cream Mint Chocolate Cookie Truffles. Homemade Christmas gifts are fun to make, to give, and to receive.  Chocolate truffles […]

An Irish Christmas – Ancient Rural Traditions

Christmas in Ireland, as I remember, is different from how Christmas was celebrated by our forefathers in the 19th century.  By the time I was born in the 1960’s, Ireland had adopted many English and European customs, such as Christmas trees, plum puddings, and Santa Claus.  Ireland’s Christmas traditions evolved and changed over the years, […]

Christmas Angel Giveaway – Winner Announced

Crochet Angel Number Two

Thanks to all who entered my Christmas Angel giveaway.  I loved reading about your favorite homemade gifts. The winner of the angel trio was picked randomly from all the entrants.  I will be mailing them tomorrow to: Dee Hausker She said: “I love decorating the tree with my grandangels. Paper chains and snowflakes, some saved […]

Selection Boxes – A Christmas Treat For Irish Kids

Christmas and chocolate just seem to go together.  Like many the world over, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas for me, without its mouth-melting goodness. Chocolate treat expectations vary from country to country.  Some like boxes of indulgent chocolates, others stockings stuffed with goodies, like chocolate Santas. As an Irish kid, candy canes and lollipops didn’t […]

Irish Christmas Blessings

Christmas is fast approaching, and I finally found time to sit down to write some Christmas cards.  I am a little late for pre-Christmas delivery to Ireland, but as always, my cards are better late than never. Image Credit As I was writing to family and friends, I started thinking about lovely, old, Irish Christmas […]

A Dublin Nativity Scene – Who Is Looking Over Holy Mary’s Shoulder?

Every time I see a nativity scene it reminds me of a very funny story, told to me by an Irish teacher and friend.  It centers around one little, Dublin girl’s hilarious interpretation of Silent Night.  Image Credit Do your kids listen to Christmas carols, reinvent the words, then sing their own unique version? One […]