December would be a dark and dreary month if holiday lights and decorations did not brighten the atmosphere. In almost every country of the world some sort of celebration occurs. More religious-oriented in some countries, secular in others, a mix in most, it is a time family and friends get together. Kids, of course, love the holiday gift giving, decorating, cookie eating traditions. In the spirit of the season, I offer pictures from my Ireland trip celebrating the holiday season.
|Storefronts and sidewalks decorated with greenery.|
|Lights brighten the pedestrian walkways lined with|
shops, restaurants and pubs.
|The sign says Happy Christmas in Gaelic.|
|The Temple Bar is a famous Dublin pub serving expensive|
drinks and sandwiches to tourists.
It is also the name of the neighborhood.
|A Dublin city center mall decorated for the holidays.|
The Irish say Happy Christmas!
and I add Happy Chanukah!