Hello Friends! It's another installment of Irish History Thursday...
Today is January 6th and to all of you Irish Catholics out there it is the 12th day of Christmas. As the 12 drummers drum and fridaypuppy.com gives away a gift certificate to Yono's (love that blog!), most of us are still busy putting away Christmas gifts, laying stale cookies to rest, undecorating our houses, and setting our tree out to mulch. About 2000 years ago, three Wise men were completing their journey to view a small infant wrapped in swaddling clothes. The devout among us are celebrating The Epiphany (and of course are in church right now rejoicing!), but most of us are just going about our day, working in and out of our homes. But ladies, stop right now!
Put down that basket of laundry, return the toilet scrubber to that gross corner under your sink, and log off your computer. Today we will join with our sisters abroad in celebrating Women's Little Christmas. Tradition holds that today Irish men will assume all of the household chores so that we may go out and celebrate with our sisters, mothers, aunts, and girlfriends. Bars and restaurants will cater to us women today, and our children and grandchildren will shower us with gifts of affection. Yes, we have Mother's Day and Grandparents Day to look forward to, but Women's Little Christmas does not fall on a Sunday when roses exponentially skyrocket and you have to wear a carnation to brunch. Today is Thursday, the perfect day to get your weekend started! And head out for WNT (that's another post...)
Though the tradition has YET to catch on here in the states, let's band together ladies and pay homage to our Irish heritage. The first pint's on me!