Christmas a beautiful day for Bono as girls come home
Bono delighted to have two girls home for Christmas
"We're very much looking forward to Christmas this year. The two girls are back, which means there won't be much room in the house for me and Ali, but we love it and all their mates, too – it's just that time of year," Bono said.
The Hewson daughters are currently living in New York.
"They've both finished college now. Eve finished early, which is amazing, as she worked through the summer. Jordan's making her mind up as well about what she wants to do now, too."
The musician will have a chilled out Christmas Day at his Dalkey home. "This year my brother (Norman) and his family are coming over to our house. It's noisy, it's messy, it's fantastic – just everything we love about Christmas."
Starting their celebrations in style, U2 threw a lavish party at H-Cafe in Dublin for staff at their company, Principle Management, where the entertainment included a performance from RTE personality Katherine Lynch.
Paul McGuinness was the first to arrive at the venue, owned by entrepreneur Harry Crosby and his wife Rita.
The Edge, whose real name is Dave Evans, followed shortly afterwards.
Bono turned up accompanied by close friend and artist Guggi. Adam Clayton made a quiet entrance later.
Asked whether fans can expect a new album from the band next year, McGuinness told the Irish Independent: "2012 has been very busy. There's always activity, so certainly expect a new record."