Tag Archives: holidays

People’s Procession of Light

‘Tis the season for festivals. After celebrating the festival of Wren Day last week, I was in a party mood so I popped in to Dublin’s city centre tonight to watch the People’s Procession of Light. This is New Year’s Eve … Continue reading

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The Ancient Festival of Following the Wren

The day after Christmas Day goes by many different names. In a number of European countries it is known simply as the second day of Christmas – you know, the day your true love gives you two turtle doves and … Continue reading

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Christmas in the oul’ country

This time last year I had a lot of fun putting together a little video of Christmas in Seattle, so I decided to do it again this year from the other side of the world. Here are a few images … Continue reading

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Christmas tradition

There are some Christmas traditions in Ireland that stand the test of time, like the tradition of leaving a candle burning in the window on Christmas Eve. Some believe it to be a symbol of welcome to Mary and Joseph … Continue reading

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May Day

May Day in Seattle takes two distinct forms. While some take to the streets to march in recognition of International Workers’ Day, others take a more ancient route and gather around maypoles to choose their May King and Queen. I … Continue reading

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A tree for all seasons

On the corner of 65th and Palatine Avenue North in Seattle‘s Phinney Ridge district, there lies a quaint wooden house with a gnarled old plum tree outside; its branches spreading out and draping down low. This is no ordinary tree. … Continue reading

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2013 Seattle-style

Frost was inch thick and the grass was crunchy underfoot but I braved the deep freeze that has descended upon Seattle and made my way down to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks with my brother and sister-in-law. It was … Continue reading

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My favourite Christmas tree

I’ve seen all manner of impressive Christmas trees this year, from tall and theatrical to small and sweet. Fir, pine, spruce and artificial; some of them elegantly dressed in all white or blue and silver; others a delightful jumble of … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Festive

After my recent excursions to Candy Cane Lane and Gingerbread Village, I couldn’t help but choose ‘festive’ as this week’s theme. I love how the word ‘festive’ sounds when spoken aloud; it has a deliciously rich, full-bodied mouth-feel like a … Continue reading

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Not your granny’s gingerbread house

Gingerbread houses are the stuff of fairy tales, so how fitting that Seattle’s 20th Annual Gingerbread Village chose the theme “Once Upon a Time”. Fresh from my walk along Candy Cane Lane, I couldn’t resist a visit to Gingerbread Village … Continue reading

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