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#Christmas

# christmas - Sunday 24 December, 2017

What do they eat around the world for Christmas?

And why do we eat turkey?

From The Daily Edge 8 things that get boring very quickly on Christmas Day Zzz

8 things that get boring very quickly on Christmas Day

Roll on Stephen’s Day.

FactFind: How much sugar does Santa consume in Ireland on Christmas Eve?

Most of us would leave out something for the arrival of the man from the North Pole, but how much does Santa get through?

Knock's Fr Richard Gibbons: 'Christmas is the antidote to humbug, despair and hopelessness'

Christmas is Christianity at its best, it’s the carols and the stories behind them, it’s the cribs, the community at prayer, writes Fr Richard Gibbons.

Listen to this ancient caroling tradition from rural Wexford

Meet the Kilmore carolers.

'It can be a rough time': How comedian Sarah Millican is helping people who spend Christmas alone

This is the seventh year of her #joinin initiative which encourages those who are by themselves on Christmas Day to chat to join the online conversation for some company.

Cooking a turkey? Here's how to make sure you avoid getting food poisoning

Here’s a few handy tips to make sure you don’t make yourself or anyone else sick with the Christmas turkey this year.

Do you want to track Santa's trip around the world? Here are a few options

There are a few things you can do to pass the time before he arrives.

Column: 'I'm facing my second Christmas without my partner, Patric'

Grief doesn’t define who I am but it’s shaped the person I’ve become, writes Jenny Gilleece.

# christmas - Saturday 23 December, 2017

'I work because they are lonely': Sex workers describe the dangers of the trade at Christmas

Many sex workers face added dangers at Christmas time.

Separated father: 'I will spend Christmas on my own, not seeing my children'

As my legal team told me at the time of the separation, this is what I signed up for when I got married. Unfortunately nobody told me that before I signed the marriage register.

Last-minute shopping or travel plans? Here's when everything shuts down tomorrow...

Here’s a few tips to make sure you’re not caught out tomorrow.

From zero funding to a thriving New York branch: Joan Freeman's Pieta House journey

In 2006, Freeman put her house up as collateral to fund Pieta House. Now, she’s just launched a New York branch.

'It's this year's Buzz Lightyear': Why we flock to bookshops to buy gifts at Christmas time

Bookshops do nearly half their annual trade in the run up to Christmas as stock flies off the shelves.

Christmas as a Muslim: 'My mom was always careful that we'd never feel left out'

I’ve always loved Christmas, as much as a Muslim can, writes Meriem Ahmed.

'I'll be home soon': Christmas messages from Irish soldiers serving abroad Missing You This post contains images

'I'll be home soon': Christmas messages from Irish soldiers serving abroad

There are 600 military personnel serving in 13 different countries around the world.

# christmas - Friday 22 December, 2017

Saying goodbye to the short days at Knockroe: 'It’s a way to think of how to go forward'

“There’s the sense, that we’re experiencing something that brings us quite close to people living 5000 years ago”

'Increased access to "comfort foods" during Christmas sent my eating disorder into overload'

I’d consider myself recovered from my eating disorder, but with Christmas almost here I’m getting anxious, writes Jodie Kenny.

# christmas - Thursday 21 December, 2017

'While the rest of us are looking forward at this time of year, they're feeling the dread and the anxiety'

Christmas can be a particularly trying time for problem drinkers and their families, an addiction counsellor said.

Not driving home for Christmas? Here's all you need to know about public transport instead

Here’s what you need to know if you’re going to be using public transport this festive season.

Mind yourself this Christmas: How to care for your mental health during the holidays

Christmas can be stressful at the best of times. We’ve compiled some advice on how to make the holidays more relaxing.

Column: 'I never give anything to anyone for Christmas and I don't expect junk in return'

Every year I have to go through the charade of experiencing the magic of Christmas, writes Barry Purcell.

From The Daily Edge 15 things that are bound to happen on the train 'down home' for Christmas

15 things that are bound to happen on the train 'down home' for Christmas

Train stations at Christmas time: The Lord is testing us.

'By getting a puppy at Christmas you're putting it at the worst start in life'

Dogs Trust is repeating its warning to the public to not give dogs as Christmas presents.

# christmas - Wednesday 20 December, 2017

'Baldy toilet brush': Locals aren't happy with Rome's wilted Christmas tree

The tree cost the city almost €50,000.

From The Daily Edge 16 ways you'll make an eejit of yourself trying to wrap presents this Christmas Wrapper's Delight
Poll: Will you be giving to charity this Christmas? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Will you be giving to charity this Christmas?

Michael D Higgins used his Christmas message to address the homeless crisis.

Spending mornings waiting on a Luas you can fit on? No plans to alleviate pressure for busy Christmas period

A spokesperson for the Transport Department said ‘teething difficulties are to be expected’.

Michael D Higgins Christmas message: 'The burden of homelessness will overshadow the festive season' Christmas Message This post contains videos

Michael D Higgins Christmas message: 'The burden of homelessness will overshadow the festive season'

In his annual address, Higgins said that Christmas was a time to reflect on the year gone by and to think of the story “that lies at the heart of this festive season”.

# christmas - Tuesday 19 December, 2017

From The Daily Edge Here are some things that you can do if you're feeling charitable in the run up to Christmas Tis The Season

Here are some things that you can do if you're feeling charitable in the run up to Christmas

There are plenty of good causes to choose from.

# christmas - Monday 18 December, 2017

Click.ie says tech products are being shipped as customers panic about Christmas gifts

Customers have also complained that the company is ignoring their calls.

'The ice-rink didn’t have any ice' - Families fume as Winter Wonderland branded 'a shambles'

The organisers have cancelled the event two days after it began.

# christmas - Sunday 17 December, 2017

From The Daily Edge Here's what happened when I asked every TD in Ireland if they liked Love Actually Love Actually

Here's what happened when I asked every TD in Ireland if they liked Love Actually

Leo Varadkar’s a fan, but are his colleagues? We found out.

Parents urged not to buy children scrambler bikes for Christmas after fatalities in recent years

Councillor Noeleen Reilly says children as young as five have been seen using them on estates.

# christmas - Saturday 16 December, 2017

'We underestimate the relief people feel when they get a mental illness diagnosis'

This Christmas, whatever label you’re wearing, wear it proudly, writes Grace Vaughan.

'It feels good to do a good deed': This nine-year-old Irish boy is travelling to Belarus to help Santa

Misha McEneney will help Santa deliver presents to hundreds of children in orphanages in Belarus this Christmas.

'People are dying': One year after Apollo House and homelessness is worse than ever

The Home Sweet Home campaign received widespread attention when it took over Apollo House on Hawkins Street for homeless people.

# christmas - Friday 15 December, 2017

'It won't end homelessness but it'll make a difference': Appeal to donate price of a drink this Christmas

It works by nominating friends to donate €5 and then each nominated friend selects five more friends via social media for #5GiveAFiver.

# christmas - Thursday 14 December, 2017

Chiropractor in Donegal accepting toys instead of payment Christmas Appeal This post contains videos

Chiropractor in Donegal accepting toys instead of payment

The toys will be distributed by St Vincent de Paul to families in the area.

From The Daily Edge This notorious Tipperary takeaway is doing an entire Christmas dinner in a wrap Wrap It Up