The run-up to Christmas starts early when you work in the media, Christmas rosters are compiled with sighs and butterflies, ads selling the latest gadget or gizmo are aired not long after mouldy pumpkins are discarded, Christmas parties are organised with the promise of free Gin and stories charting Santa’s journey circulate for those with the littlest of ears. So it always feels as if you are working towards something but you aren’t sure what. I have worked a total of 7 Christmas days in the past from RTE Presentation to AA Roadwatch to 98FM and I’m IT again this year, so I decided to fill the last few weeks with charity and cheer.
In December Barbara Scully and I read a total of 15 books for East Coast FM morning show with Declan Meehan, I volunteered on Christmas FM, I have been down to RTEs Today Show in Cork for some current affairs commentary and enjoyed some lively conversation on TV3s Midday too. I also made sure I attended at least one Christmas party – but as I face into another few weeks of non stop work I’m feeling a little jaded so this post will be full of happy stuff only.
I also wanted to say that there are positives to take from the past year, a member of my family was sick, the moment has passed and we got through it, relatively unscathed, and for that I am very thankful, Corina and I have created a platform from where we can build content sans judgement with this blog, we have both moved back into television (where we first met) and we are still teaching teens across the city every month and I am enjoying a busy career as a Broadcast Journalist So although it feels like it was a very difficult year we have also been really blessed.
This will be our final post before Christmas, we will be back next week to rebuke resolutions and share tales of indigestion. For now, no matter what Christmas means to you, a pagan festival pre-dating Christ, a time to catch up with old friends, a time to indulge, a time to work hard or a time spent alone, I hope you all enjoy being still for a day or two.
My mother has already made puddings with great pomp and ceremony, with all the precious and fragrant ingredients carefully measured out. It’s a dirty habit but I missed out on licking the spoon this year (minds. gutter.)
And……we always go to South Africa after Christmas to see our family and aren’t this year so I am following this guy
OK Lets Wrap up the past few weeks – here is a great TV List for this evening.
Even that Bieber brat is fairly sound at the minute – Justin Bieber has urged people to buy a Christmas single by a Britsh health service choir.
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) December 23, 2015
My colleague Brendan compiled this look back at the year that was Highs and Lows
THIS GUY AHHHH
This is my favourite Christmas poem
The Oxen Thomas Hardy (1915)
Christmas Eve, and twelve of the clock.
“Now they are all on their knees,”
An elder said as we sat in a flock
By the embers in hearthside ease.
We pictured the meek mild creatures where
They dwelt in their strawy pen.
Nor did it occur to one of us there
To doubt they were kneeling then.
So fair a fancy few believe
In these years! Yet, I feel,
If someone said on Christmas Eve
“Come; see the oxen kneel
“In the lonely barton by yonder comb
Our childhood used to know,”
I should go with him in the gloom,
Hoping it might be so.
Dylan Moran takes on women, the mad bitches
I remember reporting on this story and am delighted to read this positive update today.
A baby girl, born in Ireland after her mum went into labour on a transatlantic flight, will celebrate her first Christmas in this country. Zoe ‘Ireland’ Drake, was delivered just minutes after the plane touched down in Dublin airport in October. Almost four months premature she weighed just 1 pound 8 ounces. Zoe is doing well and being cared for by the staff in the Rotunda, while her family will spend tomorrow with a family they met in the hospital.
Steve Harvey certainly put his foot in it at the Miss Universe finale
Here is a list of the best films from this year
I was very chuffed to make it onto this list – Lord knows why but it’s sure put a rocket up my ass to get it together. Thank you to the Irish Independent. I have great admiration for everyone on the list so I was really chuffed.
There’s something in my eye – Homecomings at Dublin airport to warm even the coldest of hearts
Tina and Amy host SNL Christmas special
Spare a thought for those who will have no roof over their heads this Christmas, these guys did
This is a good survival guide for the coming week
If you are feeling stressed then rub some peppermint or lavender oil on your pressure points and eat lots of cheese and drink some wine
One Direction say farewell in style
Mean tweets are the best kind of tweets
Hmmm not so sure about this but apparently more equates to happy
Heart warming, this mother pens a beautiful letter
Celebrity moments – the plonkers we may not have their looks or wealth but at least we don’t mortify ourselves in front of millions on a daily basis
Book Reviews – The Guardian bring us some good reads
If you are sick of winter look what’s ahead for Spring 2016
I loved collecting my tree from St Conleths College last week
My friend Karin and I getting our party on outside the newsroom
This should get you in the mood if you aren’t already
Happy Christmas all.