Women’s little Christmas

My Family Home

There is a tradition in Ireland (the Emerald Isle where Mr fhb was bought up) that on the 6th January a woman’s hard work over the festive period is recognised in that she is given a ‘day off’ from any domestic tasks/caring duties.

Traditionally this has involved women meeting together with friends, maybe in a pub (where for one day they were allowed) the women might enjoy a corned beef sandwich and drink stout, there was much laughter and merriment – as you left your troubles at the door (a phrase that I heard my mother in law using). Today the day is more likely to consist of women meeting in a wine bar for lunch, having a spa day or sharing a meal that they have collectively cooked.

You may consider that all of this is outdated and sexist, the phrase alone might be considered patronising; ‘little christmas’ implies…

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