Well, firstly, you actually may be surprised to learn that the cultures are quite similar. The pop culture part of Christmas in America and in the UK and Ireland is the very same. The north pole, elves, snowmen, red nosed reindeer, strange bearded men in red suits invading your home through the chimney, that sort of thing. Yes, that's all the very same. The stores all have the same marketing gimmicks, the TV commercials are all quite similar...so what are the differences I here you cry? Well, below is a few (with my tongue firmly in cheek!):
- Irish people eat turkey and goose for Christmas dinner
- underwhelming Christmas decorating
Hard to believe eh? No Griswold style home lighting theatrics, no lighted reindeer in the garden, no inflatable snowmen, just a sad little tree in the living room. (Pathetic! I hear you cry!)
Of course in America the outdoor lighting is becoming quite spectacular, and fascinating...just like the photo above that I took in my neighborhood tonight. Our very creative neighbors put together a winter wonderland complete with glistening reindeer drinking by a blue lighted stream...superb indeed!
- Christmas crackers, silly hats and terrible jokes
- Brandy fueled Christmas pudding
- Christmas is called Christmas
- The day after Christmas is called Boxing Day, and St. Stephens Day
- Irish people actually like fruit cake
- The Queen's speech
- No eggnog
- ...and lastly, the Christmas sweater is not a joke!
OK, I could go on and on...but that's it. Remember, this is just a bit of 'tongue-in-cheek' fun, so please excuse me!
Hope your Christmas plans are coming together, and look out for a fantastic recipe idea I am planning to make your Christmas dinner special, which I will be posting shortly, so stay tuned!...and as a reminder of the joy of the seasons I'm posting a fun photo of my youngest son in front of the Christmas tree on our porch. This joy is what it's all about!
Festive blessings to you and yours!
Judie the Irish Foodie!