Christmas Past On RTÉ

The Late Late Toy Show, children give their account of the birth of Jesus, Irish troops celebrate Christmas in the Middle East and five for twenty the wrapping paper.

Among the seasonal traditions are the hardy souls who go for a Christmas Day swim, Mummers and music from carol singing celebrities and in Yola from Wexford. Turkeys are bought and sold at a country market, searching for that perfect gift in Dublin department stores or the cities of London and New York.

There are reports on the homeless, older people and emigrants at Christmas.

Children writing to and visiting Santa Claus to let him know what they would like for Christmas.