'I look forward to spending our first Christmas together' - Irish Defence Forces send their festive wishes home
'Where are you having Christmas dinner this year?' is a question often asked of your friends and colleagues around the festive season.
But, for 424 military personnel representing the Irish Defence Forces in fifteen countries across the globe, December 25 will be spent far from home.
Almost 200 of our Irish troops are currently serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) while some 139 will be passing the cranberry sauce with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) on the Golan Heights in Syria.
As we scramble for the last bit of twine and tinsel this week, take some time out to remember those who will be in areas such as Mali, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Ivory Coast and Democratic Republic of the Congo on Thursday.
They have some messages to share with us - here are just a few...