President recalls true meaning of Christmas - offering shelter - as tree lights lit at Áras

President recalls true meaning of Christmas - offering shelter - as tree lights lit at Áras

8.12.2019

President recalls true meaning of Christmas - offering shelter - as tree lights lit at Áras

The President said it was a challenging time for those depending on the kindness of others as they celebrate Christmas in a new country, and a new home.

President Higgins said it was important to remember the core meaning of Christmas - offering shelter, and a welcome to strangers in need of refuge - saying we stand in solidarity with all those across the world who are forced to leave their homes in search of a life free from fear and danger.

He also urged those present to extend their thoughts to our emigrants who can't make it home for Christmas, including members of the Irish Defence Forces abroad, and to those working at home to keep us safe and well - the Gardaí, fire service and medical staff.The President also paid tribute to the bereaved who are finding this Christmas difficult, and to those who are homeless, marginalised, vulnerable, sick, lonely, sad or worried this Christmas.

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Katie Byrne: 'Fairy lights, camera, reaction: The scourge of the Instagram Christmas tree' - Independent.ieIs your Christmas tree up yet? And by up, I mean on Instagram, where it has presumably been decorated with likes and festooned with compliments and heart-eyed emojis. When I was a kid, Christmas Trees were green, not this artsy, fartsy crap. Utter shite.

In Pictures: Belgian man decks out his garden with 25,000 Christmas lights - Independent.ieThe Belgian village of Hamme-Mille became Christmas central on Saturday when 'Elf Serge' turned on more than 25,000 lights in his garden. Very nice Not as bright as the forest fires ragging around the planet !

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From the Garden: Buying a real Christmas tree supports local jobs and brings a certain magic to the homeA real tree is a much greener option than one made from plastic, writes Michael Kelly. My fake Xmas tree has been used 20 times. Why waste a tree that's been growing for years just to stand in a room for couple weeks dying then dumped. I prefer the tree to stay in the forest.

Fake or real? What kind of Christmas tree is best for the environment?Trying to have a greener Christmas? You should consider buying a real tree. One without pesticides is def the best but very hard to find

'Homelessness is not a problem that needs to exist in Irish society' - Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy - Independent.iePeaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy has hit out at the extent of the homelessness crisis as he launched a light show in the capital this evening. He's right, how did we have double this population before and yet we're falling off the edges the past few decade.. Or any society and this also includes food banks. Rich mummer says something. Why should we care about his opinion ?

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