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18 slightly weird things that Irish people do in the run up to Christmas

Hmmmm.

THE BUILD UP to Christmas is the best part. But we sometimes do things a little differently round these parts.

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1. Like the way we feel obliged to eat a little chocolate every day because your mam insists on getting you an advent calendar at 30

2. Putting reindeer antlers on your car, and maybe even a red nose

3. Taking joy at listening to Joe Duffy complain about rip-off Winter Wonderlands and expensive markets

4. Paying ten euro for a tiny glass of mulled wine at aforementioned Christmas market

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5. Seeking out the cosiest pub with a big fire to sip hot toddies in

6. Buying the fossil that is the RTÉ Christmas Guide and mark out what you plan to watch with a red pen

7. Rewatching the Father Ted special a dozen times

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8. Asking your mam if you can open that coke or is it for Christmas

9. Planning to go to midnight mass at… 9pm

10. Wishing for snow but then cursing it when it actually arrives

11. LIVING for a show involving four hours of an adult talking us through toys and getting harassed by kids

12. Tuning our cars permanently on a station that plays Christmas songs exclusively

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13. Adding whiskey to everything

14. Drinking Guinness out of cans, My God.

15. The Big Christmas Shop is done at least two weeks in advance

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16. Keeping baby Jesus in the crib BEFORE Christmas day

17. Putting aside some time to shop for new Christmas eve pjs

18. Fuss and FUSS over the Christmas cake despite the fact that no one will actually eat it on the day

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