Last night it dawned upon a table of Irish 20-30 years olds, that this week is the week, it officially becomes Christmas in Ireland.
The Late Late Toy Show marks the start of the festive season in most Irish homes, with everyone from your granny tuning in! So why do we love the Late Late Toy Show? And how do we explain it to anyone who didn’t grow up in Ireland?
Firstly and most importantly, the show will be available on the RTE Player, for any of you who want to continue the tradition, or for those of you who want to play the now famous Toy Show drinking game.
1. The big act.
Did we not all nearly die with sheer joy when Boyzone came on to see Gay Byrne, Even with those dodgy outfits Last year, One Direction were the star attraction, But we all know Niall Horan has nothing on these lot. Check out Shane Lynch’s moves.
2. A bunch of exceptionally talented children will make you question your life.
Like. Let’s be honest, did we not all want to be a Billie Barry kid?!
3. At least one toy will malfunction.
The host inevitably, will get wild flustered and repeat “it will have worked earlier in the evening”.
4. You will spend the entire show waiting for Zig, Zag and Dustin to turn up.
5. One kid who will become a legend.
There’s always one really quirky/intelligent/stylish child. Who didn’t love John Joe the horologist??
6. Christmas Jumpers Everywhere!
Gay Byrne may have started the tradition, but Tubridy has taken it to a whole new level.
7. There will be “one for everyone in the audience”.
I would still sell my soul to sit in that audience.
8. We will all want to be five again
After every toy show who else starts the age old whine “when i was seven all i wanted was a (insert toy) and you wouldn’t get it for me!”
Now pour yourself a glass of wine, put on your Christmas jumper and get ready. S xx