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Fail to prepare, prepare to fail, isn’t that right ladies? The Irish mammies leave NOTHING to chance. Come November there's no more messing around – the Christmas prep begins in earnest and God help anyone who gets in their way.

Have a look at our favourite memories when we were growing up.

1. The epic stockpile of selection boxes begins.

2. The even more epic stockpile of USA biscuits, Roses and Celebrations begins. God forbid you sit there on St. Stephen’s Day in front of the telly without a 5kg box each.

3. Four turkeys each the size of a twelve year old child are ordered ‘just in case’.

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4. A large ham is ordered, but not before she enters the local butcher’s Christmas raffle to win six more large hams.

5. Emergency presents are ordered in case unexpected guests pop round – think cheap cosmetic sets in mad colours no one would wear, bath salts and a few board games from the pound shop like Ludo and Backgammon. Oh, there will be no catching her out!

6. The Christmas saving plan money is collected with glee. The town better brace itself because the Irish mammy let loose with her Christmas money is a terrifying thing. If you get an elbow out of the way when you’re reaching for the last toy on the shelf, you’ll know who it was.

7. All those things she put a deposit on during the year are finally getting paid off and collected.

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8. The whole house is turned upside down for at least a week to get it ‘ready for the Christmas’. The guest rooms will be given special attention – beds will be covered with new sheets and quilts and the heating will be turned on each night to ‘take the damp out of the air’.

9. The baking begins – a few Christmas puddings, the all-important Christmas cake that no one except your great-uncle Pajo ever eats, and of course a stockpile of homemade mincemeat.

10. She will tell you that when she was younger she only got an orange and a few nuts for Christmas at least 3467 times, because you never heard that one before, right?

We LOVE these memories of growing up in Ireland in the lead-up to Christmas. Serious case of the warm and fuzzies when we think about them! Do you remember any of these gems?



Ah, Niall… we've all been there.

We used to want to defy our mothers when they told us to wrap up or not sit on the ground, because guess what? We'd catch a cold. We didn't listen though, and it seems like Niall Horan didn't listen to his mammy either.

The singer shared on Twitter yesterday that he has a chest infection, writing: "Get a chest infection Christmas week …. cool cool cool ……. not ideal."

And he then followed it up with: "Should have listened to my mother years ago when she said 'don't go out with wet hair or you'll get pneumonia' (sic)."

Yep, like most of us Niall, you should have listened to your mammy. But, while Niall was suffering with is cold yesterday, he also posted a rather heartwarning quote about Ireland:

G'wan Nialler.



Smartphones and parents… not always a match made in heaven.

While most mams and dads in this country have yet to tackle the world of Snapchat, Periscope and Instagram, most of them are pretty au fait with Facebook.

Well, when they can figure out how to work the phone, that is.

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Irish mammies on social media! Does your mam act like this on the internet?https://www.youtube.com/user/MCluvs2laugh?sub_confirmation=1

Posted by MCluvs2laugh on Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Irish YouTuber Mary Claire Fitzpatrick perfectly captures what it's like to be in the presence of a parent getting to grips with the world of social media – from being "friendly" with someone on Facebook to finally realising that their post on Auntie Bridget's wall can be seen by EVERYONE.

Watch her video above, and prepare to see a LOT of your own mam/dad in there…

(H/T Her.ie)



Ah, we love our Dads, especially when they get frustrated and whip out the curse words.

Irish girl Corey Hughes tried out the '30 Cows' riddle on her poor da and he just couldn't cope with the stress. If you haven't heard the riddle yet, here it is:

If you're still confused, try saying it like this: "There were 30 cows in a field, 20 ate chickens, how many didn't?"

Poor Corey's dad couldn't take the hint though, and his (NSFW) reaction has us laughing waaay too hard.

There is literally tears rolling down my face. The "30 cows in a field" riddle answered by my da the end though

Posted by Corey Hughes on Saturday, 18 July 2015