Who knew our Irish cousins start December 25 with a "Christmas swim"?
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St. Stephen’s Day, the celebration on December 26 of the first Christian martyr, stoned to death not too long after Jesus’ Crucifixion, is also very important for the inhabitants of the Emerald Isle. And throughout such a packed calendar of celebrations, Irish Catholics make sure to live out some of their most ancient traditions, from swimming in the freezing cold waters of the Irish Sea to sipping hot Irish whiskey punch.
Click on the gallery to look at a selection of some unique Irish Christmas traditions: