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It's officially Christmas! Our 7 favourite things in the bumper RTÉ Guide

Nigella, Muppets Christmas Carol, fancy grub, and the fillums. Christmas is here.

IT’S OFFICIALLY CHRISTMAS in the offices of and

Not only have we sorted out our Secret Santa extravaganza, but more importantly, we have a box of After Eights AND THE BUMPER CHRISTMAS RTÉ GUIDE!

God bless us, everyone.

Here are our seven favourite bits…

1. Brian Dobson in braces

Dobbo makes the Christmas cake in his house, and says “if I don’t make it, it won’t get made”.

2 These movies

Up: Christmas Day, 5.10pm

The Muppet Christmas Carol: 11am Chistmas Eve, Channel 4

Have you read our 9 reasons why Home Alone is deadly? You should watch it at 3.55pm on Christmas Eve because it’s deadly.

3. Nigella

We want Nigella to hold us to her bosom and tell us we can eat as much sticky pudding as we like this Christmas. There’s a double-page-spread on page 18.

4. Moone Boy

David Rawle from the Sky 1 show Moone Boy says 2012 has been his best year ever. He also says he invited all his friends over to watch the first two episodes on TV. So cute.


5. This picture of Joe Duffy

6. Catherine Fulvio’s fancy grub

It’s far from prawn and fennel bisque any of us were reared. What’s wrong with a bit of stuffing and a feed of apple crumble?

7. Maeve Binchy

There’s a fitting tribute to Maeve Binchy in the RTÉ Guide in the form of one of her Christmas short stories. RIP.

The RTÉ Guide in numbers:

  • The number of advertising supplements that fell out of the RTÉ Guide: Three (we left one behind on the floor in Londis. Sorry Londis)

  • The number of pages in the issue: 178
  • The number of TV pages in the issue: 84
  • The number of questions in the movie quiz: 30

9 reasons why Home Alone is deadly>

Is this the coolest Christmas decoration ever?

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Emer McLysaght

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