Ireland: the only country that treats Christmas as a six-week crisis

If we don’t rein it in, the Emergency will start bleeding into the remaining three seasons

Christmas: it helps to remember that it is just a day. Photograph: iStock

Christmas: it helps to remember that it is just a day. Photograph: iStock

The good plates have been taken down from the press and dusted off, primed for battle. Someone has been sent up to the attic to retrieve the camp bed that has been proudly serving the family chronic backache since 1972.

A special envoy has been dispatched into town to find the last box of Christmas crackers, and those finger biscuits you put in the tiramisu that no one can ever remember the name of, but upon whose procurement the very future of humanity might as well now depend.

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