10 Interesting Irish Christmas Superstitions

There are so many reasons to love the Irish. One of the top reasons is because of their interesting superstitions. In order to celebrate the Irish and the upcoming Saint Patrick's Day, we thought we would highlight some fun Irish superstitions. We all know about the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and luck a four leaf clover is supposed to bring, but I bet you never heard of these old-fashioned Christmas superstitions. Here are our top ten favorites that will get you laughing and scratching your head at the same time.
  1. On Christmas Eve, animals are given the ability to speak like us humans. Anyone that tries to listen in on the animals talking on Christmas Eve should be warned, it is bad luck!
  2. Honey bees celebrate the Nativity every year. They wake up from their deep winter sleep and buzz in song together as a tribute to Christ. The song is the 100th Psalm and can only be heard by the ears of those who have led a blameless life. The words are as follows: “Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands; serve the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful song; know that the Lord is God.”
  3. No Christmas Eve prayer goes unanswered.
  4. “If Christmas Day on a Sunday fall, a troublesome winter we shall have all.” - an Irish saying
  5. Snow on Christmas means Easter will be green.
  6. A child that finds a holly bush loaded with berries and collects its branches for Yuletide decorations is said to have good luck the next year.
  7. Take a straw from the nativity scene at the church and bring it home for good luck and blessings the entire year to come.
  8. The weather on each of the twelve days of Christmas foretells the weather for each of the associated months in the coming year.
  9. A windy Christmas Day is lucky. Wearing new shoes on that day is unlucky.
  10. You can protect your child from disease for the entire year by rubbing the tail of a herring across your child’s eyes. It will improve their immunity!
Source: Irish Culture and Customs