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# Christmas

All time
St Vincent de Paul forecasts record number of calls for support this December
The cost of energy, rent and transport are putting pressure on low-income households, the society said.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you be comfortable going to a work Christmas party?
The CMO has advised against major social events like Christmas parties.
# Bundestag
German lawmakers back new Covid measures after disease agency warns of 'really terrible Christmas'
The laws include requirements for employees to prove they are vaccinated, recovered from Covid-19 or have tested negative to access workplaces.
# december countdown
CMO Dr Tony Holohan says the 'responsible thing' is not to plan Christmas parties
Holohan wared of at least 200,000 cases in December but said this can be be prevented.
Holohan says there is potential for at least 200,000 December cases but that these are preventable.
The CMO added that 20 out of every 1,000 cases end up in hospital, so reducing them is key.
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney said the government will assess the impact of new measures in the coming weeks
Antigen tests will be free for schools and close contacts, but not the wider public
'This is loo-lah': Sharp criticism of midnight closure for nightclubs
# Your Say
Poll: Will you be shopping on Black Friday?
The day of flash sales takes place this year on Friday 26 November this year.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?
Tis (nearly) the season.
# Coronavirus
No appetite for more restrictions among Government sources despite rise in Covid-19 cases
Cabinet sources believe the country needs to ‘ride this out’.
# Your Say
Poll: Is it acceptable to start playing Christmas music yet?
The decorations are up in the stores but is it too early for festive tunes?
# Poll
Poll: Will you start your Christmas shopping early this year?
Supply chain issues are already impacting product supplies this year.
# winter holidays
Voucher scheme for off-peak tourism season part of the Budget negotiations, says minister
The Stay and Spend scheme was under utilised due to the continuous Covid-19 restrictions, said Minister Catherine Martin.
# Brexit
British Christmas meats ‘under threat amid shortage of butchers’
Priti Patel, the British Home Secretary, is said to be opposed to recruiting personnel from outside the UK to fill the workers gap.
# small turkeys
December saw record-high grocery sales, but less money spent on whole turkeys
Sales of smaller cuts of meat such as turkey rolls and roast pork increased.
# nollaig na mban
Poll: Are you going to leave your Christmas lights up for longer than usual?
Covid-19 cases are surging, the weather is freezing – will you leave the fairy lights up to help cheer people up?
My 2020: 'Covid stole our chance to buy a family home so we now live with my parents'
Kildare mum Margaret Lynch says she’s grateful for all the blessings in her life, despite the fact that 2020 pushed her family’s dream of a new home further away.
# listening leisure
9 podcast series to binge on during the Christmas holidays (or whenever you like)
If you haven’t listened to Slow Burn yet, you have been missing out.
# sambos or sweets
Player Ratings: What's the best post-Christmas snack?
Are you into turkey sandwiches? Or is a good-old fashioned mince pie the best?
# call for help
Over 700 children contacted Childline on Christmas
Children who contacted the helpline raised issues such as mental health difficulties, family tensions, and isolation.
# Ham
Quiz: How much do you know about ham?
# Your Say
Poll: Will you be regifting any of your Christmas presents?
We’ve all done it.
Brianna Parkins: Away from family this Christmas? You're not alone in thinking about home
Virgin Media reporter Brianna Parkins can’t travel home to Australia this year – here, she writes about the many feelings this brings up in her. And the many funny memories…
# movie quiz
Quiz: Is this festive film real or fake?
Test your knowledge of some less well-known Christmas films.
# Home and Away
'I didn't want to put anyone at risk': International students staying in Ireland celebrate Christmas far from home
International students have been faced with the choice of travelling home for Christmas or staying in Ireland far from their families.
Opinion: ‘It feels as though I’m answering a call on every shift from a child talking about suicide’
ISPCC Childline volunteer Lee Daly says many of the children calling in are struggling with all the extra issues brought about by the changes of 2020.
# he's coming
Do you want to track Santa's trip around the world tonight? Here are a few options
It’s the night before Christmas
# Poll
Poll: Will you attend a religious service this year?
People can attend services online or in person.
# Quiz
Quiz: How well do you know the 1990s version of Miracle on 34th Street?
“Which is worst: A lie that draws a smile or a truth that draws a tear?”
# Mental Health
Mind yourself this Christmas: How to care for your mental health during the festive period
It’s no surprise that many people find the festive period to be a tough time.
# Bah Humbug
Quiz: How well do you know The Muppet Christmas Carol?
There’s more gravy than of grave about you.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you done the 'big' Christmas shop?
This is a festive season like no other.
Opinion: Staying well at Christmas - some tips from a therapist to help you mind yourself
Therapist Liz O’Driscoll says it’s important to remember that Christmas is only a couple of days and that we shouldn’t put too much pressure on ourselves.
# Covid-19
Taoiseach: 'Over 2,000 cases per day would significantly challenge the contact tracing system'
The Taoiseach said there are 700 contact tracers employed.
# dinner
Quiz: How much do you know about traditional Christmas foods from other countries?
Do you know your Christmas foods?
# Food
Advice for people with eating disorders, and their loved ones, this Christmas
Some people start to deny themselves food in the weeks leading up to Christmas, while others binge eat.
# pup payments
New arrangements for people to claim Pandemic Unemployment Payment between now and new year
Minister Heather Humphreys said applications would be processed “without delay”.
Christmas Fare: Chutney, cranberry sauce and drizzle cake recipes from county Down
Hazel Magill, Head Chef of the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa in Newcastle, shares some of her favourite festive recipes with you.
# Cabinet
Cabinet to meet today to discuss further Christmas restrictions as NPHET announces Covid 'third wave'
The Covid-19 sub-committee met yesterday evening to discuss growing concerns.
# Christmas
Cabinet Covid Committee agrees hospitality should shut on Christmas Eve
It is understood that restaurants and gastro pubs could close from mid-afternoon on Christmas Eve.
# ho ho hum along
Quiz: How well do you know these obscure Christmas songs?
Get Behind Me, Santa!
# covid19
Coveney says inter-county travel ban may be re-introduced before 6 January
Cabinet will meet tomorrow to decide when tighter restrictions should be imposed.
Opinion: Writing my first children's book, about one of Santa's elves
Donagh Hourihan tells about how he developed the idea for his first children’s book about an elf from the North Pole.