THIS young Dubliner showed huge romantic Christmas spirit by proposing to his girlfriend minutes after touching down at Dublin Airport.
Jonathan Carroll (20) threw down his luggage and got down on one knee to his girlfriend in the arrivals area of Terminal 2.
His partner Mary Turner, from Missouri in the US, was visibly shocked when he took out an engagement ring box from his pocket and asked: "Will you marry me?"
Through tears, she immediately replied yes.
The 21-year-old American is in Ireland for the first time, and was introduced to her future in-laws following the shock proposal.Throngs of Jonathan's friends were also on hand to witness the happy scene.
Jonathan, from Coolock, spent months planning the "best proposal in the world". The first year sports science student is studying at university in Oklahoma.
Following tradition he had first asked permission from Mary's mother and stepfather - and he also enlisted the help of his own mum to source a ring in the US.
His wife-to-be, who studies respiratory therapy, said she was completely unaware Jonathan would pop the question.
"I'm so emotional. I had no idea whatsoever he was planning this - he didn't act a bit nervous on our flight to Dublin," she said, struggling to contain her emotions.
"This is the first time I've met his family, and I got an incredible welcome."
Jonathan said that he was "cool as a cucumber" before the proposal.
There were emotional scenes in Dublin Airport as thousands of passengers returned home to their families and friends.
Among them was nine-month-old Leon Bottaro from Cherrywood in Dublin who was waiting at the arrivals hall with his mum Lisa Bottaro, aunt Lynn Haughton and grandmother Clarice Haughton for his cousins to land.
But some Irish will be spending the season abroad - from scaling volcanoes in Africa to barbecuing shrimps down under.
"For Christmas I am travelling with my husband to Kigali, Rwanda's capital," explains Susan Hennessy (36), Goal's assistant country director in Uganda.
"This will be my seventh Christmas away from home. I've promised I'll be home next year."