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Christmas in Ireland by Ann Treacy
December 28, 2007, 12:42 pm
Filed under: Dublin

Here’s our Christmas agenda. I know several of you have been curious about what we were doing here:

We went to Mass on Christmas Eve. Lily asked Irish Grandma on the way home if we’d have to go on Christmas Day too. We were both relived to hear that the answer was no. The funny thing about Mass was that it was so full that some people (the late people like us) got their communion outside with the smokers and cell phone users.

Then we came home and just relaxed. We could have gone to the pub but we had our big night at the Pogues last night so we weren’t too desperate to get out.

Kate was the first one awake in the morning at 8:00. But she held on until 9:00 when we woke up everyone else. Aine got up around 8:30 but she kind of forgot it was Christmas and so she didn’t mind hanging out in the room.

At 9:00 we opened presents – tons of them. The girls made out like bandits with an electronic, doll stroller and handheld electronic games kind of leading the pack. Patrick and I took a walk around the park after the present opening. It wasn’t really cold at all.

We had Christmas dinner around 1:00. We started with an appetizer of salmon – wild salmon. Then we had turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and more. Everything was wonderful. For dessert, we started with plum pudding, which I have to say I liked. The girls did not. But there was ice cream and after ice cream a chocolate cake appeared – and somehow Aine found biscuits later. I forgot to mention that we got crackers. For those who don’t know crackers, they are toys wrapped up like pieces of candy. Two people share it. One person grabs each end and it pops when you pull each end.

Then we just hung out. The girls played with their toys. Nemo was on TV. Patrick and Fearghal had a nap. And we phoned home.

So it was a quiet but very nice day.

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