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16 signs Christmas had definitely arrived when you were a kid

“Got a whole lot of things for Christmas…”

1. When this came on the telly

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2. And then these lads not long after

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3. When you heard the Penneys jingle

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4. When you were allowed to put the Father Ted Christmas special video on for the first time

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5. When the amount of biscuits in the gaff suddenly increased by approximately 78%

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6. When this landed into the house from the shops

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And the circling began.

7. When you started eyeing up deals in the pound shop as presents for your siblings

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They weren’t great but you were hardly going to be buying something proper.

8. When you’ve narrowed down your present selection after about six month’s of preparation

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9. When the Toy Show mania was in full flight

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10. Suddenly there was a (limited) supply of soft drinks in the house

11. When The Big Big Movie on Saturday started playing Christmas films

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Namely, The Santa Clause.

12. If you weren’t from Dublin, your annual festive trips to the big shopping centres was the klaxon you were waiting for

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13. Not being allowed eat anything nice in the house, even though there were mountains of food

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14. And certain rare brands were now seen around the house

15. You sang along to all the bad words in Fairytale of New York

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16. And finally… “santy’s watching” was now said on a daily basis – used as the most effective parenting tool ever invented

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And it worked like a charm.

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