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You Better Watch Out, It’s Toy Show Night!

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Ryan Tubridy on the Toy Show set in a black and red Christmas Jumper.

There’s no need for an intro, it’s the biggest silliest TV event of the year!

The all-singing, all-dancing, all demonstrating televisual Christmas jumper wearing extravaganza, watched annually by zillions of people far and wide and known quite simply as The Toy Show.

TV schools say never to work with animals, children or toys that require batteries, but thankfully someone was out that day and years later said, “here’s a mad idea” and for over 40 years now its been our gift to the world.

This yea...

Hear That? It’s Christmas FM!

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An old fashioned radio, coloured red with a goldenn bow on top

The soundtrack to Christmas is here and this year it’s raising funds for Focus Ireland.

Like the imagined sound of footsteps on the roof, the excitement is off the charts once I hear Christmas FM! And until December 26th, the station is live to bring us the magic of Christmas with all of the cheerful tunes we know and love, mixed with some lesser known gems and a sprinkling of new Christmas music from Ireland and around the world.

This time of year is all about people coming together and getting...

Christmas TV Ads: The Class of 2016

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A christmas tree with lights with a TV to the right

A dog on a trampoline, a talking carrot and Mrs Claus in a helicopter…

No, it’s not a bad Christmas cracker joke, they’ve all taken centre stage in this year’s army of Christmas ads!

Once, their arrival heralded the beginning of the festive season, but their thunder has somewhat been stolen by YouTube as each one is now just a quick search away...

It’s Snowing in Ireland!

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Snowing scene with tree and child

Winter weather lovers, your time has come!

Is it raining or snowing? It’s a bit like biscuit or cake, why not have both! Winter has arrived in super cool fashion with snow falling in Ireland from early this morning. And if you haven’t already, it’s time to dig out the coats, hats and scarves as temperatures are set to drop to -1c tonight. In fact it’s an evening for the fire as heavy rain, hail and thunder are all forecast overnight. Brrr!

For now at least, here are some early winter wonderland ...

Christmas Decorations from Kilkenny Design

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The Christmas Tree is just the beginning!

From the fireplace to the front door, there’s any amount of traditional and unusual Christmas decorations to be found, all helping to create the magic and welcome the excitement of Christmas into your home.

I go all-out when it comes to Christmas decorations – no surface is safe! And every year I go on the hunt for something new, or just a good old-fashioned nose around the shops for some decoration inspiration...

Toys for Christmas 2016: Say Hello to Hatchimals!

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Hatchimals packaging, a box containing a purple speckled egg with eyes looking out through a small crack in the shell

Heard about Hatchimals? The must-have toy for Christmas 2016!

They’re the toy of the moment and they’re nowhere to be seen! Fluffy, cute and colourful – Hatchimals have danced and sang their way into the hearts and minds of kids everywhere and onto their Christmas wish lists. So much so that there’s now a shortage around the world and the makers are in a race against time to come up with enough supplies to save from the tears on Christmas day.

So What exactly are Hatchimals? The best way to desc...

Just Getting Started!

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Red & Green Baubles with Gold Stars

Hello there! And welcome to the very first post on the Must Be Christmas blog!

Things are literally just getting going. Or to put it in Christmas terms, I haven’t even thought about whether or not to have Turkey this year! But I hope you can stick with me as I get busy in the virtual workshop and the excitement ramps up to the big day.

I’ve always loved Christmas, especially the build up to Christmas day – which is why I decided to create Must Be Christmas...

Christmas, Christmas, Everywhere!

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It’s on its way! Can you feel it?

Those little winter butterflies in your stomach, the skipping of your heart as you spy the first glimmers of bright red and green in a discreet corner of a shop, the jingling melodies of familiar festive favourites popping into your head – it must be Christmas!

With cackling witches banished and evil demons vanquished for another Halloween, it’s full on festive fun from here on in! And if you haven’t already noticed, I’m nuts about Christmas and everything that ...