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.

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