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Zwarte Piet is the companion of Saint Nicolas during a yearly feast celebrated on the evening of December 5th. Photograph: Remko de Waal/AFP/Getty Images

As a 20-year-old student, I was exhilarated to find out I was going to be spending my Erasmus year in perhaps one of Europe’s most liberal, modern thi(...)

James Claffey, his wife Maureen and their daughter Maisie, with their sign saying thank you to the firemen who battled wildfires near  their home in California

James Claffey, a writer from Co Westmeath, lives on an avocado ranch in Carpinteria in California. Recent wildfires ripping through the region have fo(...)

Jennie Ritchie: 'Christmas in Ireland is magic'

I am colder than I could have imagined. Four layers of clothes and still the shivering won’t stop. The kettle is always on. “Another cup of tea?” I n(...)

Patrick McKenna: ‘When my old life back home finally faded, my new Montreal life was there to catch me.’

During my first 30 years living in Canada, I’d come home to Ireland for Christmas every second year. This wasn’t as simple as it might seem. Going bac(...)

Rebekah Reville Joy: ‘What gains through moving abroad are so worthy that they justify and console the loss of the most precious of life’s moments with loved ones?’

I will be celebrating Christmas apart from my family again this year, in what has become the norm for us. The last time we were all together for Chris(...)

Sean Rogers with his father John: ‘I still find myself reaching for the phone.’

The internet came too late for my parents; Alzheimer’s had already taken its toll on my dad. That first and only Skype call was really nothing more th(...)

Sonja Heppner: ‘Any cancellations or major delays would take away from much anticipated time to catch up with family and friends in Germany.’

They may not be flying home for Christmas after all. Passengers booked to travel on Ryanair services on December 20th are still waiting to hear whethe(...)

Maeve Rafferty: ‘This year, I’m remaining in Pittsburgh for the entire holiday and there’s no way I can savour that taste of Christmas past unless I make it myself.’

I’ve been chewing over the dilemma, these past few weeks, of whether or not I should attempt to make mum’s Christmas cake this year. Early last Decemb(...)

An  explosion in New York City on Monday morning caused the authorities to evacuate one of the busiest transit hubs in the city as the workweek was set to begin. Photograph: Earl Wilson/The New York Times

The most remarkable thing about Monday’s bombing attempt in New York was the routine mundanity of it all. We’ve been through it before; the Chelsea bo(...)

The Keenaghan clan celebrating Christmas in Sydney.

I popped into the travel agent near the city in Sydney yesterday, to grab a brochure on Japan. I was next in line after a young couple who were trying(...)

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