In the spirit of the holidays, we wanted to examine some of our family Christmas traditions and explore which ones our Irish ancestors would recognize. Family Christmas traditions are practices and customs that evolve over the years, they adapt with changing family, cultural and historical dynamics, and they adapt as families find themselves in new corners of the world and with new members. These traditions are ones that we have grown up with – Meaghan in Cape Breton and Peggy in Alberta. We also believe that these are Christmas traditions at the core of many holiday celebrations for families of Irish decent.
We are thrilled to announce we have been nominated for, and accepted, a blogger peer recognition award – Liebster Award. We are just three short months in this blogging journey and we have been blown away how warmly we’ve been welcomed into the travel blogger community! We are also so grateful to our readers from around the world who have found their way to our site, and are joining our journey.
Edinburgh is an amazing city to visit. With world-class museums, unique shops and cozy pubs, this vibrant city offers endless opportunities for culture, food and fun. So many choices can prove challenging, but for a unique experience that seamlessly blends adventure with nature and history, look no further than the Firth of Forth. This picturesque estuary serves as the entrance to Edinburgh’s port and is inextricably linked to the region’s fascinating history. The waterway is dotted with a number of small islands that played an important role in the defense of the region, protecting the coast from Vikings, pirates and invading armies. The small islands are also home to various birds, small animals and sea life.
It’s that time of the year again! Holiday shopping will consume all weekends until the end of December. And if you are looking for gifts for the frequent flyer in your life, look no further… We decided to play Oprah and selected our favourite things! These are all items we own (or are tops on our holiday wish list!) and personally love. Happy Holidays!
Although Irish migration began in the 1700’s and has maintained a steady flow throughout the centuries, it was Great Irish Famine of the nineteenth century that triggered one of the greatest population displacements of modern times. In this second of our series on the Great Famine, we examine the perilous journey the Irish took to the New World. We hope this will provide a better understanding of the lives of your ancestors and will inform your future heritage travel.