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Enjoying the opening of the FOA Schwarz Toy store at Arnotts: Some 6,500 families visited Santa in Arnotts, a record for the store. Photograph: Alan Betson

Arnotts and Brown Thomas recorded a 7 per cent increase in sales over the Christmas period, with footfall in both department stores increasing over th(...)

Photograph: iStock

Twas the night before the night before Christmas. So it’s time to enjoy a little bit of seasonal cheer. If you still have children in the house who ar(...)

Clare Doherty: ‘Christmas on Waiheke is pretty special.’

Thousands of Irish people around the world will be celebrating Christmas far from home. Many are finding ways to keep Irish festive season traditions (...)

The first Christmas I spent away from home was in Sydney. It was 28 degrees and sunny. Photograph: iStock/Getty

WHEN YOU FEEL AS IF ‘HOME’ IS HALF A WORLD AWAY, YOU MIGHT FIND IT RIGHT THERE UNDER YOUR SHINY RED NOSE THIS CHRISTMAS Racing off a plane from (...)

Louise Ní Chríodáin’s daughters Evie and Neasa. Photograph: Louise Ní Chríodáin

When our daughters were younger, two December traditions heralded that Christmas was imminent: they were photographed by their dad – Santa hats essent(...)

We plan to have every blade in the house honed like a samurai sword

Many images evoke Christmas: a delighted child hugging a bulging stocking; a carol singer clutching sheet music in the snow; a middle-aged man with a (...)

“Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that does not mean there is no Santa Claus.”
In a Word: Wish

Dear Editor, My name is Leo and some of my friends say there is no Santa Claus. My advisers said: “If you see it in The Irish Times, it’s true.” So(...)

 Briain McGeary dressed as Santa embraces his sister Brónagh on her arrival back from Vancouver after one year. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

For Briain McGeary, the most appropriate way to welcome his sister home for the holidays was by dressing up in a Santa costume when he met her in the (...)

 Krampus, a horned creature who accompanies Saint Nicholas on his rounds. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

In most English-speaking countries, the worst fate a naughty child can expect on Christmas is an absence of gifts (or, in the US, coal). Children in o(...)

It’s the most wonderful - and most expensive - time of year. Photograph: iStock

Christmas can be a time of joy, laughter and love - but it can also be a time of tremendous stress. Whether you love or loathe it, the festive season (...)

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