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# Christmas

Last year
2022
# Road Safety
144 people arrested for driving under the influence during first week of December
To date this year, 148 people have lost their lives on Irish roads.
# live crib
'There's an attempt to sanitise what we're celebrating': Dublin's live crib launches amid controversy
After much political wrangling, Dublin’s live animal crib was relaunched this morning.
# Your Say
Poll: Is 8 December the start of Christmas?
‘Tis the season… or is it?
# Your Say
Poll: How much do you plan on spending for Christmas this year?
Research from the CCPC shows households with children are due to spend close to €1,600 on Christmas.
# Christmas Spending
One in four people intend to use some form of borrowing to fund Christmas spending
The average consumer expects to spend €1,200 on Christmas, a 20% increase on last year.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you volunteering or donating to charity this Christmas?
Will you be giving the gift of giving this year?
# behind the tinsel
'It's nostalgia - it's like no other radio station I've ever been on': Inside Christmas FM
The staple of Irish Christmas listening is in its fifteenth year — and has a new studio.
# Dublin
Lord Mayor has 'no regrets' about not having live animal crib at Mansion House
Caroline Conroy told The Journal that she was happy with her decision.
# social welfare payment
Christmas bonus payment to be paid to over 1.3 million social welfare recipients next week
The payment will also go to those on long-term illness benefit for over 12 months.
# christmas travel
Late-night DART and Commuter Christmas rail services kick off this weekend
Services will run each Friday and Saturday from now until Christmas Eve.
# Your Say
Poll: When is it acceptable for radio stations to start playing Christmas songs?
Have your say.
# Test Yourself
Quiz: How much do you know about the Late Late Toy Show?
There better be one for everyone in the audience…
# not in montrose anymore
Tonight's Late Late Toy Show sees Ryan donning ruby slippers and heading for the Emerald City
The much-anticipated Toy Show returns to our screens at 9.35pm this evening.
# Careful Now
Tax officials warn Christmas online shoppers may face extra costs when goods arrive in Ireland
Revenue released a statement today outlining the problems faced by shoppers when Customs identify that duty is owed on online purchases.
# winter lights
Dublin's Winter Lights to be partly powered by batteries to reduce strain on energy grid
Sixteen locations around the capital have been lit up with colourful projections and lighting displays,
# live crib
Lord Mayor says Mansion House will have crib this Christmas but will not include live animals
Caroline Conroy said the council is aiming to “make the experience better this Christmas”.
# Your Say
Poll: Is it acceptable to play Christmas music yet?
Is it the season to be jolly yet?
# Christmas
Call for 'common sense' to prevail in row over Dublin’s live animal crib
“I think common sense should prevail, and that a solution should be found.”
# Energy Crisis
The Christmas lights in Dublin will be turned off earlier each night this year
Eamon Ryan said earlier this month that local authorities were looking at the issue of Christmas lights this winter.
# Drunk Driving
Gardaí arrested 914 people for driving while intoxicated during Christmas period
914 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated as part of a Garda road safety campaign between the 26th of November and the 4th of January 2022.
All time
# let's watch
Binge-worthy TV series to stream this Christmas season
Here are some new and older series to get stuck into.
# Your Say
Poll: When will you take down your Christmas decorations?
It doesn’t last forever.
# Quiz
Quiz: Which city is this? (Winter edition)
The most wonderful time of the year.
# Your Say
Poll: What day is it?
Be honest, you have no idea.
Voices
Opinion: Three quick and easy tips for strengthening your relationship over Christmas
Relationship expert Beth Wallace offers some helpful tips to maintain your communication over the holidays.
# Quiz
Quiz: Are these festive traditions from around the world real or fake?
Ho-ho-hone in on your knowledge of some unusual traditions.
# 5 festive reads
5 Christmas longreads for the day that's in it
Need a break? Have a read of one of these.
# get watching
Irish films to stream this Christmas day
We’ve everything from comedy to sci-fi.
# Emergency Accommodation
'Children are afraid Santa won't find them': Homeless families face 'traumatic' Christmas
Over 2,500 children in Ireland are currently homeless.
# Quiz
QUIZ: How well do you know Bill Murray's Scrooged?
Oh look Frank, it’s a toaster!
Voices
Extract: 'The Point', 'What? You mean the 3Arena?' I felt like Rip van Winkle
Dubliner Emily Bell writes about returning to live in the city after 20 years and finding that all the names have changed – and yet stayed the same.
# santa tracker
Here's how to track Santa's trip around the world tonight
It’s the night before Christmas
# Weather
White Christmas slips away with tomorrow set to hit 11 degrees
Christmas snow is unlikely.
# Your Say
Poll: What's the best bit of Christmas dinner?
Warning: don’t read this if you’re hungry.
# William Hill
Football rolls on... just about: John Brewin's standout matches over the Christmas period
With leagues across Europe on their winter break and some Premier League fixtures being postponed, our weekly columnist chooses five games worth watching this weekend.
# three leaders
Coalition leaders’ personal relationship ‘very good’ – but no festive pints this year
The Taoiseach said the three leaders trust each other, so far.
# be kind to yourself
Christmas can be stressful - here are ways to mind your mental health during the festive period
It isn’t an easy time for everyone, so we’ve taken a look at how this Christmas can be better for everyone.
# Christmas Quiz
Quiz: How much do you know about Santa and festive figures from around the world?
The big man goes by many names and faces.
Voices
Opinion: This year, let go of the 'perfect Christmas' and choose self-compassion
Two chartered psychologists offer some helpful advice to help you avoid letting Christmas get you down this year.
# Your Say
Poll: What's the correct time for Christmas dinner?
We all know there’s only one ideal time.