How to Celebrate Little Christmas

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How to Celebrate Little Christmas. For those celebrating what people in Ireland call Little Christmas, Santa will lug around toys and goodies in his sleigh on the night of January 5, not December 24. If you celebrate Little Christmas, children won't open their presents until the morning of January 6, the Day of the Epiphany.

Decorate the house and the yard the same time of the year as always in preparation for Santa's arrival.

Spend the few days around December 25 with family and friends. Set aside one evening to get everyone together. Have your guests bring a favorite dessert, but no gifts. Sit around the fireplace, sing carols and celebrate each other and the season.

Postpone gift giving, the commercial aspects of the season, to the morning of January 6. That's the Feast of the Epiphany, when legend says the Wise Men presented their gifts to the baby Jesus.

Bake a traditional yeast dessert called the "King's Cake" for a second evening of festivities on January 5, also known as the Twelfth Night of Christmas. According to European legend, a man was chosen as "sacred king" for a year, and then sacrificed to ensure a good harvest. A nut or bean was placed inside the cake before baking and the man who received that piece was chosen. Of course, you should just bake the cake and forget the sacrifice.

Wrap the gifts, put the toys together and prepare the scene for the family to celebrate Little Christmas the morning of January 6.

Leave the decorations up until January. 6. In Ireland, it's considered bad luck to take the holiday trimmings down before Little Christmas.

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