NRL Social: Deck the halls

It's been an incredible year of rugby league and now it's starting to feel a lot like Christmas - Santa photos, family gatherings and plenty of Christmas spirit fill the social platforms of the NRL's players and clubs.

Wishing everyone a safe and Merry Christmas! And don't forget to catch in the new year to see what our game's stars have been up to on social media over the holidays.

Santa Claus is coming to town!

The Sydney Roosters introduce some new Xmas headgear.

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Today's field session had a touch of the Christmas spirit! 🐔🎅🏻#EastsToWin

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Who needs Mariah Carey when you have the Canberra Raiders?

Wests Tigers forward Chris Lawrence's little girl Emmerson looks super stoked to take her first Christmas photo with Santa. 

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First Santa photo for Emme! Santa told Emme she is on the nice list this year so she is pretty pumped.

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Here's Newcastle's Nathan Ross enjoying an early Chrissy get-together with family.

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Christmas lunch at the wongs 🎄 #mrwongs #sydney #christmas

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Who's the Grinch at the Penrith Panthers? 

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On a day of many questions in the NRL, we ask the biggest ones... 🎅🏻 #pantherpride 🐾

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Santa makes an early appearance at the Parramatta Eels Christmas Party.

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A Santa surprise at the Eels Family Xmas party yesterday afternoon! #blueandgold

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Jillaroos star Ali Brigginshaw has her family Christmas card sorted for this year. 

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Family Christmas Card + One Sad Sap 😂🤦🏼‍♀️🎄 #theresalwaysone

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The Cronulla Sharks share their Christmas Party with family and fans.

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Great members Christmas party today. #upupcronulla

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Joe Ofahengue spending an early Chrissy lunch with his close friends. 

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Early Christmas lunch with the squad 👌🏾 thanks for the lovely food and hospitality @tawhiri_jackson / @breeannadelyce ❤️

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Sam Thaiday's Christmas wish has already come true - having two beautiful daughters.

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I’ve got all I want for Christmas ☝🏾

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The Canterbury Bulldogs are counting down the days until Christmas. 

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1️⃣ week until Christmas 🎄🎁#proudtobeabulldog

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Corey Parker may be too old to run around the football field but he's definitely not too old to sit on Santa's lap.

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Time will tell if my wish comes true 🎅🏼🤷‍♂️! You’re never to old to sit on the big fellas knee ! #youdontbelieveyoudontreceive #xmas #2018

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