I hope everyone had a very relaxing and rewarding day celebrating Christmas with their family, friends, and God! Christmas in Ireland is at least a 2 day event; Christmas Day and Dec 26th, or St. Stephen’s day as we call it. Both days are national holidays and celebrating St. Stephen’s Day gives us a second day to visit family and friends, while eating and laughing our way to merriment!
St. Stephen was one of the early leaders of the Christian church, assigned by the apostles as one of the 7 deacons assigned to take care of the widows and poor. He died a martyrs death defending his belief in Jesus and God. In fact, during his trial, it is believed that the Heavens opened and St. Stephen saw both God the Father and God the Son. He is the patron saint of Stonemasons.
I love the tradition of St. Stephen’s Day and have kept this day as a holiday in our home. Typically all the Irish people and a few strays in the area come over with all their Christmas left overs and goodies. It’s nicer than Christmas Day in many ways, as there is no cooking, and it is way more laid back and informal. Plus it’s not a Holy Day of Obligation for the Catholics LOL.