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If you're struggling to find your mam a present this year, inspiration might be closer than you think.

A recent study by Lumen showed that bizarrely a fifth of women confessed to finding Santa attractive – and that number spikes in the over 50s…

In fact, 26 percent of the older ladies like the big man in the suit.

But what's the appeal? Supposedly it's his beard, with most of the women saying it was the facial hair that attracted them.

Turning to that all important personality aspect,  71 percent of women said Saint Nick's friendly appearance is his most appealing quality, followed by his smile and good nature. 

This nugget of golden info has been used by dating app Lumen to lure in the over 50s, with a sexy Santa being recruited for their Crimbo ad – GAS.

To be fair, Santa has a full-time job working with children, his own place in the North Pole and a whole herd of reindeer – so better than 90 percent of our dating prospects. 

And he won't judge you as you wolf-down your third mince pie in a row.

The dating app for the over 50s was launched in November and found that Galway was the chattiest county in the country.

And age is just a number when it comes to love as the oldest members on the app are a 73-year-old female and 97-year-old male.

I reckon we should start a petition to get them together, sure Christmas is the ideal time to look for love.



Since the moment the clock stuck midnight on October 31, the Christmas season is upon us.

Well, some people argue that December is the only month allowed for the Santa hype train to leave the station, but we totally disagree. The Christmas tunes are blaring, ChristmasFM is almost back up and running, and the greatest jumpers are already in stores right now.

Finding the funniest, most glamorous or just plain ugly Christmas styles can be a tricky task. We've only gone and done you the favour of finding all the best ones. Thank us later, a Christmas card will do. Or maybe some mulled wine and mistletoe?


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1. The drinking game jumper

First up, we've got an actual drinking game in woolly jumper form. There literally is nothing else as magical. Tipsy Elves have gifted us with this joy, order it from Amazon for €45 and you'll be the life of every festive party. 

They even have the rules for the game printed on the back so you won't forget, and it comes with six balls for you and your pals. Hint: the bulls eye results in the entire party drinking. Good luck with that one…

2. The Jesus jumper

Up next, we have a Jesus Christ birthday jumper from Uppers and Downers, the current price is €59.

To be fair, the Christian holiday is supposed to be celebrating the religious day of Jesus' birth, so the fact that his face is on a jumper isn't unheard of.

It is most definitely unconventional however, especially seeing as he is sporting a birthday hat, a red balloon and a dove. To each their own, we say.

3. The Tupac tribute

Next, we've got an actual Tupac Christmas jumper. We didn't think it was possible either, but Tipsy Elves have only gone and done it.

Get your official "Only Santa can judge me" jumper for €35.50 from Amazon, and rest assured you will be the talk of the hip-hop town.

The resemblance between Tupac and Mr. Claus is uncanny… sort of…

4. The gin-lovers jumper

Gin lovers, this one is going to rock your world. Not On The High Street have released an exclusive Christmas jumper dedicated to a stunning gin pun.

GINgle Bells: we truly want to shake hands with whoever thought of this as a Christmas jumper concept, it's pure GINius.

It won't break the bank either, the website are releasing it for just €37, excluding shipping from the UK.

Get on this one ASAP, we have a feeling plenty of Bombay Sapphire, Cork Dry and Hendricks fans will be racing to purchase it..

5. The glow in the dark jumper

This next festive fashion piece looks pretty normal at first glance. That is, until the lights go off. The white material turns fluorescent green and the red material reverts to black, so there will be no difficulty in spotting you once night falls.

Yes, Jolly have legitimately created a GLOW IN THE DARK Christmas jumper. For an absolute steal as well; it's only €32.

If you are desperate to light up the party, this is the one for you. 

6. The Brexit jumper

This next offer is tongue-in-cheek with a heavy dose of politics: Teespring have created a jumper based around Brexit. Seriously.

It's currently priced at €32.16, and has already gained traction online due to the controversy of the UK situation.

Will you be that person at the Christmas party who has one glass of mulled wine and engages in serious political debate throughout the night?


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7. The Make Christmas Great Again jumper

This next one is yet another political figure reference, wear it if you dare.

Yes, someone genuinely took it upon themselves to design a jumper around Donald Trump. As if his face doesn't bombard us in every other domain…

Cloud City 7 appear to want to stoke some light-hearted Christmas cheer through a dash of controversy, for just €31 (delivery not included.) Keep the change, ya filthy animals.

 8. The Game of Thrones jumper

We are MAJOR fans of this next one, inspired by Game of Thrones, of course.

Funky Christmas Jumpers online are releasing this magical themed jumper for just €44.99

The twist on the classic phrase 'Winter is Coming' has us GASPING for Christmas (and the final ever season of the show, no biggie). 

We recommend try building a Jon Snow-man to match the jumper, just' a thought.


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9. The selfie jumper

The next joyous jumper we discovered is also from Funky Christmas Jumpers, and is about as millennial as they come.

A JESUS SELFIE jumper has indeed been created. Even more absurd, a COUPLES JESUS SELFIE jumper.

Stop the world, we're getting off.

10. The Tesco Value jumper

Last but not least, the Tesco Value Christmas jumper.

For those Christmas fans who want to keep things on the cheap, this offering is perfect for you.

We wonder if Supervalu, Dunnes Stores, Lidl or Aldi will release their own versions? Competition is healthy, folks.

There you have it, 2018's latest and greatest Christmas jumpers.

Grab yours in time for December you can wear it 25 days straight, that's our plan. 

Which will you choose? Happy shopping, gals.

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Have you ever wondered what Santa Claus actually looks like? You're definitely not the only one. 

And without all of the movie and Coca Cola depictions of Saint Nic, how on earth would we even know?

Well luckily, John Moores University’s Face Lab in Liverpool has done some extensive research in order to construct an accurate representation of what Santa really looks like, based on scientific and historical information on his origins. 

Image from the St. Nicholas Center, www.stnicholascenter.org

Based on the fact that Santa Claus is a depiction of Saint Nicholas of Maya, a bishop renowned for his great generosity, the Face Lab has recreted the saint's features to see what the mince pie loving mythical man would look like. 

The recreation was also based on x-rays and photographs taken of the skeletal remains of the saint in 1957, which are said to be buried in southern Italy.

"This is the most realistic appearance of St Nicholas based on all the skeletal and historical material. It is thrilling for us to be able to see the face of this famous 4th century bishop," Professor Caroline Wilkinson of the Face Lab wrote on their website.

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 A few distinctive features include a broken nose which healed asymmetrically, and a height of 5'4, which was average back in the 4th century. 

All the better for stooping as he climbs out of fireplaces, we would think.




We know he's been around for centuries, but it seems like some people still get Santy's name wrong.

He only comes around once a year, so it's easy to see why people can confuse it, but it looks like this year, the people of Twitter are having a bit of a meltdown about it.

So, here comes the question… do you know how to spell Santa's last name?

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The debate has been around for years, since Tim Allen's Santa Clause movie came out, however, deliberations are still going down on Twitter about whether the 'e' should be included.

Everyone is taking it very seriously:



Poor oul Santa was pulled over by the guards this morning as he made a trip from Kildare to Temple Street Hospital.

Gardaí tweeted a warning about the man in red, telling road users to be on alert.

"Gardaí are asking the public to be aware of this man travelling from Kildare to Temple Street hospital today. Last seen on 25/12/15."

They had to check if Santa's sleigh was taxed and insured to be on the road, and after a quick look, the Gardaí let old Saint Nick pass through.


But today wasn't the only day Mr Claus made time for the kids; he dropped into the hospital earlier this week for a quick visit with patients and their nurses, and handed out a few treats while he was there, too.

We can't wait for him to come by our homes on Christmas Eve!



We think if Santa Claus happened to be female, she would do a stellar job. 

Think of all the multi-tasking a Miss Claus could achieve in one calendar year. 

However, we all know that Santa is depicted in popular culture as a male, which we suppose is not THAT surprising. 

But would it be so shocking if Santa turned out to be female? And would she not be able do just as good of a job as a male Santa? 

This is the question posed to children in a social experiment video created by creative agency, Anomaly

The cute, festive video aims to encourage parents to discuss issues of gender inequality with their children from a young age. 

And from the video, it is clear to see why. 

Children, who are very used to a male version of Santa, pretty much unanimously agree that a female could not hack Santa's job. 

The main issues seem to be that a female Santa would be too busy having babies and getting "lost in the sky."

Though, one child notes that she may be smaller than Santa and therefore might be able to get down the chimney easier. 

The video is pretty cute but does pin point the problems with gender representation in popular culture that children are exposed to from birth. 

FYI kids, a female Santa would be kick ass. And we all know the real Santa would not get very far without Mrs. Claus. 


The man with the bag is more traditionally clad in brightest red – with a big white beard to boot.

Indeed, Mr Claus is furthermore ordinarily considered to be a native of the North Pole, rather than Co Mayo.

But nevertheless, and wearing a delicious shade of Cadbury purple, Louis Walsh certainly makes for a rather fetching Father Christmas.

​The music manager, who of course earlier this year starred in another Cadbury's advert that got everyone talking, is now back for the festive season – appearing during last night during the X Factor ad break in his hottest Yuletide attire. 

And speaking frankly, we reckon his future as Santa is now pretty much secured. 

Ho, ho, ho!

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Is it just us, or is Christmas actually getting earlier every year? Well, if Brown Thomas in Dublin, Cork and Limerick is anything to go by… the festive season is already here.

Yes, a full four months before the man with the bag arrives in Ireland, the famed department store has kicked off a spot of Yuletide joy. 

For 2015 the Christmas Market is, according to Brown Thomas, "filled with Christmas trees and trim, seasonal decorations and festive food". 

"We’ve actually been working on this year's Christmas Market since Christmas last year," BTs also said in a statement today.

And they reckon that they need to launch the market at this time of year to satisfy "customer demand".

"Plenty of shoppers are keen to get organised early," it maintains. "Generally we find that there’s a great response from customers to opening in August especially tourists who are eager to buy pieces they can’t get at home."

The themes for this year’s Christmas Market at Brown Thomas include Ice Palace, Venetian Winter, I Love Candy, and Santa’s Journey.

Ho, ho, ho? Or just bah, humbug?