Christmas customs: the world's seven strangest festive traditions

Briefing Fri 20 Dec, AT 08:54

From defecating logs to KFC-fuelled feasts, Christmas provides a host of odd traditions

David Bowie and Bing Crosby

Christmas songs: the good, the bad and the downright weird

Briefing Mon 16 Dec, AT 08:51

There's a few classics in the Christmas canon, but plenty of ho-ho-horrible songs too

Mel B

Mel B: Scary Spice's 'amazing' Christmas with Rwandan leader

One-Minute Read Wed 11 Dec, AT 11:30

Singer will spend Christmas in palace with president who 'could face a war crimes trial' for aiding rebels

Nick Clegg 'wins Christmas' with card made by his kids

First Reaction Tue 10 Dec, AT 13:59

Digitally-enhanced card from Deputy PM and wife 'captures the real tackiness of Christmas'

Jack and the Beanstalk

'Lively' Christmas panto Jack and the Beanstalk – reviews

Hot Ticket Wed 4 Dec, AT 07:53

A witty script, a charming female Jack, and a library-stealing giant - it's the panto to beat this season

Depressed lonely man by window

Blue Monday: the saddest thing is the bad science

Talking Point Mon 6 Jan, AT 10:14

Most depressing day of the year concept is based on 'farcical pseudo-science', say critics

Football fan dressed as Santa Claus / Father Christmas

Christmas slip-ups could hurt league leaders United and City

Preview Fri 21 Dec, AT 11:14

Premier League preview: Arsenal get a break, but Newcastle and Sunderland face tough tests

Tube drivers' strike is not the only action this Christmas

One-Minute Read Mon 17 Dec, AT 15:22

Underground faces disruption for third successive year as other walkouts are called

Cruise passengers mutinous after vomiting bug outbreak

First Post Thu 13 Dec, AT 16:31

Many ill, others confined to their cabins in a bid to avoid catching the contagious Norovirus bug

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