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Wednesday 31 May 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Christmas

This year
# nollaig na mban
Poll: Do you celebrate Nollaig na mBan?
Nollaig na mBan is a traditional day for women to relax after a busy Christmas period.
The Irish For: Jolabokaflod - a look at Iceland's Christmas books tradition
Darach Ó Séaghdha looks at how people in Iceland focus on books over the holiday season.
Last year
# Your Say
Poll: Will you regift any Christmas presents?
Or is there no such thing as an unwanted present in your life?
# Your Say
Poll: When will you take down your Christmas decorations?
Will you wait until 6 January or have you taken everything down already?
# Met Éireann
Scattered showers to come this week
New Year’s Eve will be dry with lowest temperatures of 3 degrees.
# Liverpool
UK police believe woman killed in Christmas Eve pub shooting was not intended target
Police named the victim as Elle Edwards today.
Quiz: How well do you remember these Christmas movies from the '00s?
Test your festive knowledge.
# player ratings
Player Ratings: The best food to eat over the Christmas period
Let us know your favourite.
Opinion: As Ukrainians, we remember how Christmas looked for us until this year
Ukrainian journalist Polina Bashkina looks at how Christmas has traditionally been celebrated at home.
# festive watch
Home Alone tops the poll of Ireland's favourite Christmas movies
Is your fave in the list, or are you not a Christmas movies fan?
# meaning of Christmas
Christmas explained: How and why did the festival begin and when did it become so secular?
It’s an important Christian holiday, but why do we celebrate it tomorrow.
# Christmas forecast
Rainy Christmas Day under the tree with temperatures to hover around six to 10 degrees
St Stephen’s Day looks set to be cold but brighter.
# lost in new york
Aer Lingus flight from New York to Dublin cancelled due to technical issue with plane
The airline has pledged to ensure all affected passengers leave New York by tomorrow evening.
# santa tracker
How to track Santa's trip around the world tonight
He’s on his way as we speak!
# Merry Christmas Ya Animal
Polar bears gifted kayak for Christmas at UK wildlife park
“They will try to sink them, play with them, flip them over.”
# Your Say
Poll: Do you have a Christmas crib in your house?
We’ve examined the origins of the traditional nativity scene.
# nativity scene
How accurate are our Christmas cribs?
Is it problematic to depict the Holy Family as being white, and why do some Spanish cribs have a defecating figurine?
# Homelessness
Parents living in emergency accommodation 'anxious about giving children a decent Christmas'
Over 3,000 children are currently homeless in Ireland.
# let's watch
10 binge-worthy TV series to stream this Christmas season
Here are some new and older series to get stuck into.
Children with parents in prison are silently serving sentences of their own this Christmas
At Christmas time, children have extremely limited access to their parents in prison, writes Saoirse Brady of the Irish Penal Reform Trust.
Dog behaviourist: Tips for keeping your pooch safe and well this Christmas
Suzi Walsh has some tips for dog owners who want things to run smoothly over the holidays.
# quizmas time
Quiz: How well do you know these animated Christmas films?
Do you remember these festive favourites?
# Movies
Trailer Watch: Which Christmas film will you watch this weekend?
Here are a few options for festive watching.
Christmas Fare: Pastry chef Shane Smith has some delicious recipes for you
Try Shane’s “Do Ahead Desserts” that are guaranteed to make your life and Christmas Day all the sweeter.
# Christmas
No White Christmas in sight as temperatures return to normal
Over the next week temperatures will be relatively warm, reaching their peak on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
# Flu and Viruses
CMO urges people with new Covid-like symptoms to stay at home over Christmas
Prof Breda Smyth is advising people with flu-like symptoms to avoid Christmas parties and meeting family
# surging demand
3,000 people queue to receive Christmas food vouchers at Capuchin Day Centre
Those working at the centre told The Journal that there is more demand for the service now than ever.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you send Christmas cards?
Do you have a Christmas-card list, and are you checking it twice?
Quiz: How well do you remember these Christmas movies from the 90s?
Test your festive knowledge.
# christmas stress
Stress, social anxiety and safe words: Navigating Christmas family visits
A relationship expert gives his advice on meeting the in-laws and discussing sensitive topics over dinner.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you want it to snow for Christmas?
Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?
Dog behaviourist: Why Christmas is the worst time to get a puppy
Suzi Walsh looks at the controversial Christmas puppy market and says it should be avoided at all costs.
# Winter
Cold Snaps, Part Two: More dazzling photos of Ireland in the ice, frost and snow
We want to see your winter wonderland.
# Mountjoy Prison
Enoch Burke not interested in 'Christmas gift' of temporary prison leave
Burke said that the offer to allow him to make submissions on why he should be released over Christmas was an ‘insult’.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you ever been to a Christmas panto?
The PAC has asked RTÉ to outline how much money it has spent on Toy Show the Musical.
# drink driving
Over 100 people arrested for driving under the influence in the last week
There were almost 2,000 speeding offences reported in the last 7 days.
# St John of God
Dublin hospital to pay staff next week despite fears over pre-Christmas paycheck
The hospital said it had managed to resolve the issue in the last 24 hours.
# Christmas Spending
Record-breaking grocery inflation set to push Christmas spending to record levels
Grocery price inflation has hit 14.7% and grocery sales in December are set to hit €1.25 billion.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you finished your Christmas shopping?
There’s only two weeks left.
UK strikes in air travel and Royal Mail could impact Irish Christmas plans
A report by
Lauren Boland
Strikes are planned in the UK this month by rail workers, passport control officers, and in Royal Mail.