06 Dec IT IS BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS IN IRELAND AND AT THE EMERALD ISLAND CASINO!
With the holidays upon us the joyous Irish greeting “Nollaig Shona Duit!” (Literally “Happy Christmas!”) rings out between friends and family throughout Ireland. At the Emerald Island Casino we want to be among the first to wish you Nollaig Shona Duit! Christmas in Ireland traditionally begins on December 8th signaling the time to put up decorations and Christmas trees. We have a bit of a head start. Our tree is up and festooned with pretty ornaments in, what else, but beautiful jewel toned ornaments!
Irish Christmas traditions are similar to those in most Western countries with a few unique exceptions. The British English expression “Happy Christmas” is more common in Ireland than its American English phrase of “Merry Christmas”. Santa Claus’ name in Ireland is Daidi na Nollag or Daddy of Christmas. In Irish English he is “Santy” or Santa. He brings presents to the children which are traditionally opened on Christmas morning. Santa also gets a unique treat in Ireland. Instead of the American cookies and milk, it is traditional to leave a mince pie and a bottle of Guinness for Santa along with a carrot for Rudolf! Families place a lighted candle in the window of their homes on Christmas Eve to welcome Mary and Joseph. Christmas celebrations in Ireland end on January 6th on Little Christmas (also known as Epiphany in various parts of the world), when people take down their Christmas trees and decorations. The Emerald Island Casino has all kinds of special events coming in December including our Holiday Cash promotion, an amazing Christmas feast and an abundance of holiday cheer! This year we are also having two drawing, each one for one Giant Coca-Cola Plush Polar Bear! The drawing is on December 14th at 8:00 pm. Winners must be present to win. Please see the Reward Center for complete details and rules. We look forward to celebrating the joy and wonder the holidays with you at the Emerald Island Casino – the Locals’ Favorite Since 2003!