The 6th January is the Feast of the Epiphany, traditionally known in Ireland as 'Little Christmas' or in Irish as 'Nollaig na mBan or 'Women's Christmas' in english.
On this day, women have traditionally enjoyed a day of rest, acknowledgement and thanks after the work and hustle and bustle of organising Christmas festivities.
In this house, the 12th day of Christmas is always marked as Nollaig na mBan - A day of celebration and the enjoyment of female company.
My annual gathering this evening, I fear, will be a smaller affair than usual, due to the inclement weather conditions - However as I discovered long ago - It's the quality not the quantity!
I have decided to have a theme for this years gathering:
'Sugar & Spice & All Things Nice' -
I'll leave you with a few images of past Nollaig na mBan celebrations and look forward to sharing new memories with you later in the week.
Happy Nollaig na mBan.