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A Muppet Christmas Carol: What the dickens is going on?

Apparently, as well as shouty Brexit end-times, Christmas is happening. Here are some classic Christmas films to watch, lest you feel insufficiently C(...)

Faint echoes of adult choices made before we had kids haunt the tree.

Christmas is almost here and I am just where I want to be: in an armchair, a glass of something sticky at my elbow, scoffing Christmas cake and contem(...)

Blocked or poorly-maintained chimneys can also be a cause of carbon monoxide poisoning. Photograph: iStock

With Santa’s imminent arrival and cosy days by the fire looming, it’s a good time to check on your chimney. According to the National Safety Council ((...)

Helen Coughlan with her daughter Ava May at home in Glanmire, Co Cork. Photograph: Clare Keogh

“I honestly think Christmas was invented to get us through the awful winters,” says Helen Coughlan, retail director of Irish homeware chain Meadows &a(...)

 Black Santa Sit Out at St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin. Lord Mayor Nial Ring with  Nikolas Thornton, proudly showing off the Lord Mayor’s chain of office during the the Choir of Kildare Place National Schooll’s performance. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Church of Ireland will be “quite significantly caught” in the effects of any hard border, Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson has said. “Having (...)

The UK Office for National Statistics has found that women in Britain do 40 per cent more housework and childcare than men. Photograph: Getty Images

If you’re a woman in a heterosexual relationship, chances are that you’re the one doing a disproportionate amount of the work this Christmas: shopping(...)

If you’re a woman in a heterosexual relationship, chances are that you’re the one doing a disproportionate amount of the work this Christmas.

Who ‘does’ Christmas in your house? Who wraps the presents, writes the cards, buys and organises gifts for everyone from the in-laws to the teachers a(...)

Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert: “I’m just like Santa - a big, jolly fat man”

On Christmas Day last year, Aidan Moffat sat down with his 10-year-old son and told him the truth about Santa Claus. “It’s a very emotional day for c(...)

Magical Woodland Christmas at Castlecomer Discovery Park

Magical Woodland Christmas The woodlands of Castlecomer Discovery Park in Co Kilkenny have been transformed into a magical, Christmas wonderland with(...)

The Luas at Connolly station. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Teachers, students, accountants, IT workers, cleaners, bus drivers, parents and children in their hundreds arrived bearing shoeboxes filled with gifts(...)

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