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# Christmas time

All time
# ho ho ho
No more sitting on Santa's lap as grotto visits move largely online
Want the chance to see Santa without leaving the house? Welcome to 2020.
# the toy man
Ryan Tubridy issues earlier-than-usual callout for Late Late Toy Show participants
The show, usually an annual TV highlight, will likely be forced to adapt – like so many others – to the pandemic era.
# Christmas time
Explainer: How does Santa get all the toys made in time for Christmas?
Just how does he do it? It takes an awful lot of hard work.
# That time of year
'All range of emotions come out': How family relationships can spill over at Christmas... and how to sort it
Relationships with loved ones can be a tricky thing to navigate – especially at Christmas time – but it can be done.
# Advice
Share the caring duties and taking an active role: Enjoying Christmas with a loved one who has dementia
The Public Health Agency has issued some advice for those with dementia and their carers this Christmas period.
# Áras Message
Michael D Higgins' message for the homeless as he lights Áras Christmas tree
The president singled out the homeless and those in direct provision in his address.
# Lucky Dip
Pick a Christmas present and we’ll give you something to watch on Netflix
# warming glow
'The kids' faces light up': Meet the Dubliners who go all-out to decorate their homes for Christmas
These householders go the extra mile to bring a bit of happiness to their areas each winter.
# Procession of Light
Dublin's Christmas light were switched on tonight - but they were a little different this year
Organisers decided to space the event out through a ‘procession of light.’
# Christmas time
The man behind Arnotts' Christmas Windows tells us how he did it
The windows will be showing the journey letters take to reach Santa in the North Pole.
# selection box
Early Christmas present as La Liga switch first El Clasico of the season to 23 December
The move means there’ll be a full week of games in the build up to Christmas.
# watching with your parents
Everyone's talking about the sex club scene in RTÉ's Striking Out last night
All the spoilers within.
# take care
People at risk of thefts in shopping centre car parks this Christmas, gardaí warn
Over €400,000 worth of goods were stolen from cars in retail car parks last year.
# An Post
18 wonderfully Irish alternative Christmas cards
Nollaig Shona.
'It’s the most wonderful time of the year… is it?'
Many look forward to Christmas and New Year as it is a time to reconnect with family, however, for others, it’s not so easy.
# stuffing in blankets
Christmas stuffing: What else can you use it for?
The seasonal foodstuff is surprisingly versatile.
# most wonderful time
'You can't go too mad on Christmas because you know tomorrow's a working day'
We spoke to Newstalk’s Nathan Murphy about trying to avoid Sky Sports News on Christmas Day.
# dublin Christmas
Hozier joins Bono and Glen Hansard for Christmas Eve busk on Grafton Street
It’s Christttmassss.
# dublin Christmas
Hozier joined Bono and Glen Hansard for the traditional Christmas Eve busk on Grafton Street
It’s Christttmassss.
# christmas spirit
A little girl mistook a man in the supermarket for Santa and he played along
# Christmas time
9 signs it's definitely time to leave the work Christmas party
Oh dear, you went too far.
# Christmas time
The best gift you can give your child this Christmas is not a Snow-Glow Elsa...
No, really. It’s something else.
# Christmas Cheer
This video of the Christmas lights being turned on at Temple Street hospital will warm your heart
Last year, over 400 children were cared for in Temple Street Children’s Hospital over Christmas.
# where's me jumper
This politically correct jumper will make sure you offend absolutely no one this holiday season
Mmmm, festive.
# Christmas time
5 festive sporting Christmas movies we'd love to see
Complete with terrible, terrible Photoshop.
# Pun times
Power ranking our favourite Christmas sportspeople
From Kyle Rudolph to Aidan O’Sleigh, there isn’t a festive pun we haven’t exhausted.
# return to sender
5 sporting Christmas cards that probably weren't sent this year
But would have made sense if they were.
# Merry corkmas
Here's a lovely video of Cork at Christmas time
Corkonians love Christmas, bai.
# nollaig shona?
13 signs that Christmas has begun in Ireland
Christmas Day is exactly four weeks away.
# Rape Crisis
Rape helpline to see increased calls over Christmas
There were 1,834 calls to the national 24 hour helpline for rape and sexual abuse during the 2011 festive season.
# All of the Lights
VIDEO: Fan syncs Christmas lights to commentary of college basketball upset
Take a bow, unidentified fan. Take a bow.
# That time of year again...
In pictures: Christmas lights turned on on Grafton Street
Switching on the Grafton Street Christmas lights is heralded as the official start date of the festive season.
# elfing 'round
The Elf Factor, have you got what it takes?
How far would you go to become the go to guy/gal for Father Christmas?