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# Christmas

All time
# covid19
UK restrictions may last 'for couple of months' as new strain harder to contain
Boris Johnson says the NHS would be overwhelmed without action to curb the new coronavirus strain.
Larry Donnelly: Thinking of all emigrants like me this Christmas - not getting back home is really tough
Not going to Boston for a week after Christmas Day this year will be tough, particularly when his 86-year-old dad is in a nursing home alone, says Larry Donnelly.
# TV trivia
Quiz: How much do you know about these TV Christmas specials?
From Father Ted to The Office to The Simpsons, what do you remember from these Christmas specials?
Opinion: How to make a good Christmas ad, and a look at the best around
Advertising professional Kathleen Moore explains the process in creating those memorable Christmas ads and outlines some of her favourites.
# Post-Christmas
Pub and restaurants expected to close their doors on 30 Dec, while inter-county travel set to continue until 6 January
Cabinet will meet on Tuesday to sign off on new post-Christmas restrictions.
# Weather
Christmas weather: Wintry week ahead with hail, sleet and possible temperatures of -2 degrees
It’s expected that there will be no white Christmas this year.
# Visiting
WHO warns people against gathering at Christmas as it is ‘not worth the risk’
The Taoiseach said yesterday that people in Ireland should expect new restrictions “before the new year”.
# limit the spread
'Only meet people indoors that you trust with your life': Stark warning from HSE ahead of Christmas
The HSE said today that someone must prepare now if they’re visiting someone older or medically vulnerable at Christmas.
# gift buying
Poll: Have you finished your Christmas shopping?
Will you end up panic-buying this year, or are your gifts wrapped and ready to go?
# William Hill
David Meyler: Christmas can be different when you're playing but I always reminded myself how lucky I was
In this week’s column, the ex-Ireland midfielder looks back at his career before predicting how two of the weekend’s biggest Premier League games will go.
# Coronavirus
Britain urged to scale back Christmas as Johnson encourages 'smaller, safer' festivities
The NI Executive will meet today to discuss Covid-19 restrictions.
# world health organization
WHO urges families to wear face masks during Christmas gatherings
It also said that it expects a resurgence of Covid-19 in early 2021.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you happy with the Covid-19 restrictions in place for Christmas?
The new measures on household visits and inter-county travel take effect from Friday.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you started limiting your contacts ahead of Christmas?
One death and 429 new cases confirmed yesterday.
# Band Aid
Quiz: Who sings this line in Do They Know It's Christmas?
You’ll get the Bono at least, right?
# Poll
Poll: Will you try to limit your waste this Christmas?
Limiting waste isn’t always at the top of the priority list at Christmas.
Opinion: Why the planet needs us to cut our consumption this Christmas
Environmental campaigner Lyndsey O’Connell explains how our online festive shopping habits are leading to an excess of cardboard and plastic waste.
# Christmas
English schools could face legal action if they plan to shut early for Christmas
The idea to close schools early for Christmas was also raised in Ireland in recent weeks.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you looking forward to Christmas?
How are you feeling about the festive period ahead?
# supply and demand
'Amber alert' issued by Eirgrid as electricity system comes under pressure to meet demand
The warning came as Eirgrid are set to close two peat-fueled power plants in the Midlands.
# small circle
People advised to limit contacts from today if they're seeing vulnerable relatives over Christmas
This message was shared by both health officials and government over the past 24 hours.
# aras
President Higgins unveils river of light at the Áras for those who cannot join family this Christmas
Separately, the president sent his best wishes to third level students in a special Christmas message.
# 'tis the season
Jon Bon Jovi changes a few lyrics and 'loses all his swagger' in Fairytale of New York rewrite
Bon Jovi penned an alternative version to get around any words or phrases that might be deemed offensive.
# Your Say
Poll: Is 8 December the start of Christmas?
‘Tis the season… or is it?
# smishing
Warning over spate of fake texts claiming customs charges owed on online buys
Warnings issued as scammers are using so-called “sim towers” to circulate fake text messages purporting to be from legitimate parcel delivery firms.
Full Covid-19 testing and tracing will be provided during the Christmas period
The Covid facilities will have to be fully resourced over the holidays, says the HSE.
# covid19
'Stay away from crowded shops, streets and buses': Caution urged as retailers open back up for Christmas shopping
The government has asked customers to “play their part” as we head into the busiest shopping season of the year.
Dr Ronan Glynn: 'Just because you can do things from tomorrow doesn't mean that you should'
Dr Glynn warned that family gatherings at Christmas on top of socialising in the lead-up will pose “significant” challenges in terms of Covid-19 case numbers.
# oh christmas tree
Green Party Minister encourages people to buy a real Christmas tree
Irish growers produce around 650,000 Christmas trees each year.
# Your Say
Poll: When are you putting up your Christmas tree?
The countdown to Christmas has well and truly begun.
# covid christmas
Limit Christmas visits to protect loved ones, says public health expert
Dr Gabriel Scally has said that now is “not the time” to allow the virus to spread.
# Christmas like no other
Face masks while cooking and no hugs: Here's the advice on how to plan Christmas Day this year
How should we plan the 25 December based on what we were told last night?
# DublinTown
Dublin business group objects to Council's Christmas music plan saying it would create a 'cacophony' of 'sonic conflict'
The Council has proposed piloting a radio messaging and Christmas music programme in the Grafton Street area for six weeks starting in early December.
# January
'January lockdown' not ruled out but non-essential retail outlets will not cIose
The phased reopening of the country ahead of Christmas was announced last night.
# leaving level 5
What is the new advice around household visits and travel?
The Government has announced its advice for December and the Christmas period.
# level five
Cabinet to meet this afternoon to finalise details of Covid-19 restrictions for Christmas
The Taoiseach says some of the decisions may not be palatable for some.
Retailers, gyms and hairdressers are expected to reopen on Tuesday.
Cabinet is to decide on when household restrictions will be relaxed this afternoon.
A nationwide address by the Taoiseach on the new rules is expected this evening.
What does this week's Covid-19 data tell us as we prepare to leave Level 5?
Mike Ryan says there's a 'genuine desire to offer people the hope of Christmas' but risks remain
# Homelessness
RDS Christmas Day dinner for homeless to be held as takeaway service outside Mansion House this year
Those in need can attend the mobile kitchen between 10am and 1pm on Christmas Day.
# Covid-19
Mike Ryan says there's a 'genuine desire to offer people the hope of Christmas' but risks remain
Dr Ryan said he doesn’t “envy” the Irish government and there are “no easy answers”.
# good news
'He's exempt. He's coming': Government confirms no restrictions for Santa travelling to Ireland this Christmas
Sinn Féin’s John Brady posed the question to Minister Simon Coveney as it is “playing on the minds” of children across the country.
# falalalalalalalala
Christmas FM returns to the airwaves this weekend
It’s the most wonderful time of the year.