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Post Time for Christmas Shopping (in Ireland)
Created by John Eipper on 12/08/19 4:41 AM

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Time for Christmas Shopping (in Ireland) (Patrick Mears, Germany, 12/08/19 4:41 am)

Today, December 8th, is the traditional day for the Irish to begin their Christmas shopping:


JE comments:  I'm pretty sure Pat Mears intended this as a "fun fact" for my curiosity only, but it's a WAISworthy item.  December 8th is the traditional Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and the day the Irish descended on Dublin from the countryside for shopping.  I presume that if the 8th is a Sunday, like today, then they descend on the 9th.  According to the above, the tradition largely died out by the beginning of the 2000s.  Did Amazon conquer Ireland, too?

WAISers, how is your Holiday shopping coming along?  WAIS HQ, alas, lags far behind the Irish.  This Thursday we're off to Cuba for a week (a reprise of last year's trip).  Rum and cigars for all the good girls and boys on our list?

Pat, what can you teach us about the German approach to Holiday shopping?

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