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Eight-year-old Alex Connelly from the Kimmage-Rathmines area at Dublin Castle to mark the launch of Christmas at the Castle. Mark Stedman
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Poll: Is 8 December the start of Christmas?

It’s often held as the true start of the season.

DEPENDING ON WHO you ask, Christmas has officially begun today.

It’s the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and traditionally has been the preferred day for Christmas shopping in Ireland, while office party season is also firmly in full swing.

But traditions can change, so today we’re asking:

Is 8 December the start of Christmas?

Poll Results:

Yes (5656)
No (1979)
I'm not sure when it starts (1169)

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