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For many of us, the Late Late Toy Show is the start of the Christmas festivities and every year thousands of families all over the country snuggle with the kids on the couch watching it.

 

It is definitely one of the best parts of Christmas and these ten reasons will show you why.

 

1. The competition

The Late Late Show competitions are really good; in fact, they’re so good we enter them every Friday night. But the real prize, the one we all eagerly wait for is given away on the last show of the year – it’s always a big ‘un.

 

2. When audience members take part in games

This is definitely one of the many highlights of the show. There is always one who is really competitive – leaving their Christmas spirit outside RTÉ they are determined to win. Cue awkward outfits, embarrassed faces and cringe-worthy comments. Oh how we laugh.

 

3. When Ryan throws something into the crowd

Elbows and hands go flying while those watching it on the television laugh at the fight to get it, secretly wishing we were there ‘cause we would totally get it...

 

4. The talented children

Irish children have a lot of talent. A lot. 

 

5. ‘And there’s one for everybody in the audience’

There is always one for everybody in the audience, even though Ryan tries to leave them guessing for a whole ten seconds. They know they’re getting it, we know they’re getting it, Ryan knows everyone knows they are getting it, so just give it to them ...

 

6. The children on their bikes...

When all the children come out on their bikes or cars and one always ends up veering off course. Usually right into the camera or the audience.

 

7. When the toy doesn’t work and they blame the batteries

 RTÉ have been doing the show since 1975, so you’d think they would have a stock pile of batteries by now, you know, just in case.

 

8. The Christmas jumper

The famous Christmas jumpers! Every year gets cheesier and cheesier, and we love it.

 

9. Because of children like John Joe, the horologist

 

10. And because the night makes at least one little kid’s dream come true

When Domhnall met his hero Robbie Keane, the whole country undoubtedly went "awww"!

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