Some classic but subtle things here.

With ads on the telly, Christmas jingles and decorations in shops, it can feel like Christmas is getting earlier and earlier.

But that’s the OUTSIDE world – what about within the walls of your lovely Irish household?

Well, some of these bits and bobs are more subtle, but when you see them you know Christmas is here.

There’s a few biscuit tins in your mam’s shopping bags.

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They weren’t on the list, but there was an offer on, and your mum just had to pick them up.

The tins of Afternoon Tea, USA, Jacob’s Elite, will surely come in handy when that neighbour you haven’t seen in years drops by with gifts.

Or you’ve to call in to see someone spontaneously and throw one in the boot to be safe from no-gift embarrassment.

On the goodies – you’ll also start seeing Pringles and Shloer.

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There’s lots of goodies that’ll start appearing in random presses and wardrobes, but two stand out.

It’s Pringles – original, salt & vinegar and sour cream & onion.

And Shloer – the fancy alternative to 7-up when you’re going alcohol-free.

The fancy winter coat & boots start re-surfacing.

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Let’s face it, once summer is over, we’re rooting out the warmer clothes.

But there’s certain items that’ll be kept for Christmas.

Cue the fancy winter items, including but not limited to coats and boots.

No doubt someone in the family, or your friend, is sending you pics to check if their attire is Christmas-mass acceptable.

Snap & Insta stories are FLOODED with pics of the Christmas market.

And the beer tent.

Yep, a trip to the Christmas market in Galway is a must.

And everyone thinks they’re totally unique and the first ones to walk through – but sure look we’re doing it too, no judgement here!

You dad has started cutting the holly before the birds steal all the berries.

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This might not be every household, but when you know, you know.

For those of us who’ve got holly bushes out the back, (or down the road) you’ll know how you need to act fast – but not too fast.

You’ll want to cut it before the birds eat all the berries, but not too early that it withers before December 25th.

It’s a tough call – but usually marks the start of the festive season.