This is the Christmas message from the Catholic Bishops Conference (CBC) to the country.
CBC general secretary Fr. Victor Roche said Christmas is a time of joy with colourful decorations put up in stores, houses, offices and churches.
He said Christmas parties and sales are held everywhere with presents being given out.
"But many times, this is only an artificial joy. This is only artificial happiness. Christmas becomes a real joy or inner only when you put Christ into Christmas.