Nollaig na mBan – Womens Little Christmas!

nollaig na mban

Within Irish tradition, the 6th of January represents not only the Feast of the Epiphany but also ‘Womens Little Christmas’. On this day women come together to put their feet up and celebrate Christmas leaving their husbands and partners in charge of all the kitchen duties and the cleaning up afterwards! The tradition has admittedly begun to disappear in recent years however the ladies of the Southwest of Ireland still make sure to the make the most of their day each year! 🙂

womens little christmas


Christmas of days gone by!

Searching through I have found this fantastic lesson idea and accompanying resources for teaching students about Christmas during the Medieval and Tudor times and comparing these experiences to their own experience of Christmas today. I think this lesson idea would work perfectly in a Junior Cycle History classroom and would allow the students to step inside the shoes of the people from the Medieval and Tudor period. Below I have shared the Powerpoint Presentation for this lesson and to download the worksheets which come with this lesson please click on the link below.  🙂

medieval christmas


medieval christmas dinner

tudor christmas


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