Jenna Holeman is a CISabroad student studying in Dublin, Ireland this semester, originally hailing from Ohio University. Follow her journey through a few different excursions she went on throughout the country
My time is officially coming to an end! It’s crazy to think I have been here for three months. Although I will be sad to leave, I am incredibly thankful for the experiences I’ve had and people I have met here. Dublin is beautiful during the Christmas season and although the traditions are different it still feels like home.
The final Christmas lighting was on November 27th and by then the streets of Dublin were decked in Christmas lights and festive decorations. So, with Starbucks in hand, we moseyed down to the Christmas tree lighting. Families were dressed in their Christmas sweaters and a live band was playing Christmas music on a loop. It was a grand time. In Portland, they have a Christmas Tree lighting but I have never been so it was an exciting experience. Also, it makes up for the Christmas tree lighting I am missing at home.
Another tradition – that’s aimed more at college students is the 12 pubs of Christmas.
A society on Campus was hosting this event and back in the States, I have never heard of anything like it. It’s a grand time though with friends and the best part? The cheesy Christmas sweaters we were all in. It’s great to take a break from all the final essays and spend it with friends. The pub culture in Ireland is so different from the States and I will miss it.
The last tradition that I got to be a part of in Dublin was The Late Late Toy Show. Its a hilariously adorable Christmas program that people of all ages watch. It’s basically a show for parents to watch with their kids to help determine what Christmas presents to buy for them. It’s a live show and the stage contains hundreds of toys and children that get to test run these toys. The best part of the show are the unpredictable things the tots say. You can’t help but smile when watching the show, as well as the innuendos the host makes for adults.
The Christmas Spirit is undeniable in Dublin and I am so incredibly lucky that I get to experience it.
Until next time,