The title of the blog post is in Irish, and reads Women's Christmas. In Ireland the 6th of January has traditionally been known as Women's Christmas or Little Christmas and I have heard it referred to as Little Women's Christmas, maybe height restrictions apply?!The Christmas festivities would be over and the woman of the house would have worked hard to ensure everyone had plenty to eat and drink. This last day of the 12 days of Christmas was set aside ,at least in Counties Cork and Limerick as the day the women were looked after.During the hedonistic 80's and 90's particularly, hotels booked big stars and bands and the function was booked out months in advance as whole groups of women let their hair down and celebrated.Now groups of women, maybe family or friends etc will get together and have a meal and a few drinks etc.We would usually celebrate it by getting together but this year with the treacherous road conditions it will not be a getting together in one place as all of my daughters except one,live outside the city and would need to drive to any venue.
The 3 wise men or Magi were not put into a crib until today, check the crib photo taken last week! They would be put in today which was traditionally the day believed they found the Baby Jesus in the stable.We do not take down our Christmas decorations until after 6th January, usually the weekend following the date.
I dug out my knitting bag as the going out was curtailed and finished this waistcoat I had started last year.It only needed one side and sewing up but I think Spring came early last year and the knitting was abandoned for the garden.I find when wearing jeans/skirts with a shirt inside I like to have something to cover the raw edges!I had the wool and just made up the pattern as I went along. It is a commonly used combination of stitches and more or less can be used in the repeat depending on the size of the garment
Close up of the stitch pattern.
We think of leaving food out for the birds at this time of year but here in Ireland we usually do not have to think of leaving water out for them. This year we DO! All available water is frozen solid in streams and pools as the temperatures have plummeted and stayed down. I put out this shallow bowl yesterday so the small birds would not have any difficulty and I had to thaw and refill 3 times during the day.
We went en famile to get our Swine flu shots yesterday. Aisling,Nigel and the 2 boys and myself as I would be in contact with Jack who is under 6 months old and considered in the high risk category.We were very impressed with the whole layout of the 'clinic'. It took place and does every day in the Neptune Basketball stadium.Hundreds of people were vaccinated in a very quick and relaxed environment.We are always quick to criticise the HSE but I have to say this was brilliantly organized from the time we entered to the time we left about 45 minutes in all. I am a veteran of mass vaccinations having had them done for Polio and Smallpox many years ago.Nigel did remark it was a bit like something on the TV like 'Outbreak' all of these people queueing to be vaccinated.Alls well that ends well. We did not get any adverse reaction to it and are now hopefully immunised against this years flu mutant!