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It’s time to clear out and tidy up.

This weekend heralds the busiest time in the clutter-clearing calendar, when homeowners who didn’t get their act together to do a pre-Christmas clear-(...)

Mavis Ramazani and her daughter (7) have just spent their third Christmas in direct provision. Photograph: Alan Betson

This week Mavis Ramazani and her daughter spent their third Christmas in direct provision. In previous years they visited friends outside the centre o(...)

Smoke rises near the city of Catania during an eruption of the Mount Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in the world on December 24th, 2018. Photograph: Getty

An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.8 hit an area north of Catania on the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily early on Wednesday, damaging buildings and in(...)

Christmas morning swim at the Forty Foot, Sandycove, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Thousands of festive swimmers have taken the plunge at Christmas Day dips all over the island of Ireland. The increasingly popular seasonal tradition(...)

Serene Ibraheem (4) and her mother Raneem, from Syria, in St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, Dublin. They have been living in Ireland since 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

On November 10th, 2018, Serene Ibraheem was sitting in the back seat of the family car when she heard a familiar language on the radio. The vehicle wa(...)

Nathan Slattery (10 months) from Blackhall Place, Dublin 7,  gets to grips with a toy Santa while shopping on Henry Street. Photograph: Frank Miller

The worst of it, surely, is over. The weeks – or was it months? – of frenzied shops and crazy traffic. The braindeadening cheesy muzak and the nerve-(...)

Children pose for photos as a diver dressed as Santa Claus performs at COEX aquarium in Seoul. Photograph: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images
In a Word . . . Unseen

“Dear Editor, “I am 8 years old. Some of my friends say there is no Santa Claus. Please tell me the honest truth, is there a Santa Claus?” Virginia O’(...)

Tanya Sweeney: “I might get away with a non-Christmas or two in the coming years, but after that, I’ve been assured that the festive season becomes hard work.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Of the jumble of memories from childhood, it’s the tinsel-covered ones that seem to stand out. There was the time I nearly broke my back when I cart-w(...)

The film Threads will be Christmas viewing for all the family in a no-deal Brexit

If Britain crashes out of the EU with no deal this will have consequences for independent import/export operators like Santa Claus, who has hitherto, (...)

Sick of vacuuming and having to come home to a cold house? These smart home tech products can help. Photograph: Getty

It’s the same every Christmas – you work all through the season to get you house all cosy and Christmassy, decking the halls, putting up the Christmas(...)

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