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8 non-traditional Christmas movies we always watch during the festive season

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A man’s fertility diary: ‘When will it be my turn to tell the lads some...

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The IMAGE Advent Calendar has arrived with LOTS of prizes to give away
The IMAGE Advent Calendar has arrived with LOTS of prizes to give away

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Accounts to follow for homemade giftspiration and Christmas décor ideas

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How to set intentions for the next month in a new moon ritual

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From Scandi chic to cheerfully colourful, create a Christmas wreath to suit you
From Scandi chic to cheerfully colourful, create a Christmas wreath to suit you

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5 ways to help you fend off festive anxiety this year
5 ways to help you fend off festive anxiety this year

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WIN a luxury 3.1 Phillip Lim weekend bag made from eco-friendly materials
WIN a luxury 3.1 Phillip Lim weekend bag made from eco-friendly materials

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What the Irish in Australia miss at Christmas: the cold, the full fridge and the...

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This Wexford estate with swimming pool, gym, tennis court and a gate lodge is on the market for €2.5 million
This Wexford estate with swimming pool, gym, tennis court and a gate lodge is on...

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By Bill O'Sullivan
10th Jan 2014
EBYC

For the past week the silver hairs of Washington’s finest and best have been perplexed by a simple acronym in the invite to Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday party – EBYC – Eat Before You Come. As mistress of The White House with a team of caterers and chefs at your disposal and an array of fine silver and crockery to boot, refusing to feed your guests can cause somewhat of a commotion. The card invites the lucky guests to ?Snacks & Sips & Dancing & Dessert? later this month, suggesting they get ready for ?a little Dougie? but pointedly ending with a recommendation to do their feeding elsewhere. Etiquette cranks were shocked at the perceived ‘scabbiness? of this, with Oprah’s entertaining guru Colin Cowie saying it was ?not the way [he] would have done it.? But we feel there is something to this EBYC game and are inclined to give du chapeau to Michelle. The stress and boringness of having to make conversation with people at a large gathering when conversation can barely get below the surface, is simply too much – give us our dancing shoes over a dish any day.

@Roxeenna