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IMAGE staffers on the Irish essentials that make their Christmas


by Holly O'Neill
13th Dec 2020
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What are the key ingredients to your perfect Christmas?


Christmas is as much to do with the tree and the turkey as it is to do with the endless to-do list of Christmas and managing to get the tree up without a divorce. There are so many things that make Christmas special, whether it’s a special place you go to get your cheese, the trip to Penneys to get your Christmas jammies, or an especially good place for a mulled wine.

These are the Irish treats that make Christmas feel special for the IMAGE staffers.

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Cloon Keen Noble Fir Candle, €40

It’s not Christmas until I’ve lit the Cloon Keen Noble Fir candle. I start looking forward to lighting it around September. I spend more time thinking about the first night I’ll light it (as soon as the tree is up) than I spend trying to figure out what winter coat I’m going to buy this year. Go into Brown Thomas if you can and take a whiff and tell me it’s not the most delicious thing you’ve ever sniffed. It smells like a woodland forest, but a really expensive one. It smells like I’m the queen, spending Christmas at Sandringham. It’s become as essential to my Christmas as the turkey or the tin of Roses. – Holly O’Neill, Beauty Editor and Deputy Digital Editor

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Ditty’s Bakery Luxury Sweet Mince Pies, €5.66

It’s not Christmas for me until I’ve had a mince pie from Ditty’s Bakery. The bakery itself is in the village where I grew up in Northern Ireland, but luckily for me, you can get some of their products in specialist food stores like Morton’s in Ranelagh, Fallon & Byrne and Irish Gourmet. To me, no other mince pies come close to their gorgeously buttery pastry. If you’ve never had one before, the perfect way to eat them is slightly heated, then take the lid off and put a dollop of brandy butter inside – heaven. – Megan Burns, Deputy Editor, IMAGE, Image Interiors & Living

 

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One of my absolute favourite things to do around Christmas time when I’m home in Limerick is to go to the Milk Market on a Saturday morning or on Christmas Eve morning. There’s such a lovely feeling around and it’s so lovely to see everyone in the Christmas mood!  The Limerick Milk Market is such a lovely place to shop for really great local Limerick food, vintage clothing and antique gorgeousness! The Country Choice shop does probably the best breakfast bap you will ever eat. I love going to the milk market on any weekend, but at Christmas, it’s that little bit more special. – Ciara Hanrahan, Events & Branded Content Executive

blankTorc 4 Wick Frankincense & Myrrh Candle, €40

My mom and go to Kilkenny Design every year in November to buy the Frankensense Torc candle, made in Co Carlow. It is massive and has a Christmassy scent that isn’t too sickly sweet, which I find in a lot of festive candles.  We then proceed to agree that we won’t light it “right away”, that it’s “too good” and we’ll keep it “for Christmas”. Inevitably, we light it the moment we get home and it has the house smelling like Christmas well before Christmas FM is on the radio, before fir trees start appearing in garden centres. It’s like the first little taste that Christmas is around the corner. – Lauren Heskin, Editor, IMAGE.ie

I love to get my Christmas card at Jam Art Factory, they always have some great, quirky options. And, I’ll pop into Sheridan’s to create a festive cheese plate for friends. – Shayna Sappington, Branded Content Writer

Photography by Unsplash.

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