Next bank holiday will see thousands flock to Notting Hill Carnival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival
But violence continues in Jerusalem and the West Bank
Soldiers' letters reveal how the guns fell silent across the Western Front during the Christmas truce of 1914
From defecating logs to KFC-fuelled feasts, Christmas provides a host of odd traditions
There's a few classics in the Christmas canon, but plenty of ho-ho-horrible songs too
Brunei's citizens face jail for wearing 'clothes or hats that resemble Santa Claus'
Fancy a sprouts pizza? Or a cocktail made from your own pasteurised tears? Get all that and more
As petrol prices fall below a pound per litre, more Britons are set to take to the road
Tale of evil anti-Santa who preys on misery is a welcome respite from sickly-sweet Christmas tales
Newborn still had his umbilical cord attached and has been dubbed a 'Christmas miracle'
St George rallies around 'littlest hero' Evan Wellwood who has inoperable brain tumour
While the rest of us relax footballers, rugby players and race horses have to keep going – and we get to watch them
Cartoon depicting Nigel Farage running down political rivals first appeared in the Daily Telegraph
Britons spend more on Christmas gifts than anyone else in Europe - here are tips to save some cash
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen's Christmas attraction at Belfry Golf Club closes down after kids left in tears
Mobile and tablet shopping will help drive sales this festive season, according to a new report on Christmas retail by Barclays
Singer will spend Christmas in palace with president who 'could face a war crimes trial' for aiding rebels
Digitally-enhanced card from Deputy PM and wife 'captures the real tackiness of Christmas'
A witty script, a charming female Jack, and a library-stealing giant - it's the panto to beat this season