Christmas

When are the UK’s next bank holidays?
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In Depth

When are the UK’s next bank holidays?

Tourism industry requests a September bank holiday after Covid losses
31 Mar 2021
Father Christmas caught in power lines
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Tall Tales

Father Christmas caught in power lines

And other stories from the stranger side of life
22 Dec 2020
‘Time is up for Boris Johnson’s reckless optimism’
A member of the British Transport Police speaks with travellers at Waterloo Station
In Depth

‘Time is up for Boris Johnson’s reckless optimism’

Your digest of analysis and commentary from the British and international press
21 Dec 2020
‘Boris Johnson’s lack of clarity is offloading Christmas anxiety on to the nation’
Boris Johnson speaks during a news conference at Downing Street.
In Depth

‘Boris Johnson’s lack of clarity is offloading Christmas anxiety on to the nation’

Your digest of analysis and commentary from the British and international press
18 Dec 2020
Overwhelmed NHS hospitals diverting patients experts warn of third wave
NHS workers in PPE take a patient from an ambulance at St Thomas' Hospital.
In Depth

Overwhelmed NHS hospitals diverting patients experts warn of third wave

Official figures show that number of instances of ambulances being sent elsewhere is highest in four years
18 Dec 2020
GCHQ unveils annual Christmas card puzzle
GCHQ's annual Christmas puzzle/
In Brief

GCHQ unveils annual Christmas card puzzle

Spy agency challenges ‘wise men and women’ to take on bauble brainteaser
18 Dec 2020
Quiz of The Week: 12 - 18 December
Boris Johnson gestures on his return to 10 Downing Street.
In Brief

Quiz of The Week: 12 - 18 December

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18 Dec 2020

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‘How big a price are we willing to pay for Christmas?’
A man dressed as Santa Claus walks through Manchester city centre.
In Depth

‘How big a price are we willing to pay for Christmas?’

Your digest of analysis and commentary from the British and international press
17 Dec 2020
‘Follow any government’s advice but this one’
German Chancellor Angela Merkel answers questions in the Bundestag.
In Depth

‘Follow any government’s advice but this one’

Your digest of analysis and commentary from the British and international press
16 Dec 2020
The strangest Christmas customs from around the world
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In Depth

The strangest Christmas customs from around the world

From defecating logs to KFC-fuelled feasts, Christmas inspires a host of eccentric and colourful rituals
16 Dec 2020
Christmas not cancelled despite scientists’ pleas
Boris Johnson returns to Downing Street following a Cabinet Meeting at the FCO.
In Depth

Christmas not cancelled despite scientists’ pleas

16 Dec 2020
What are the 12 days of Christmas and what do they mean?
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In Depth

What are the 12 days of Christmas and what do they mean?

The song has become a Christmas classic - but here is what the days actually represent
15 Dec 2020
Coronavirus: what is Europe doing about Covid-19 restrictions over Christmas?
Shoppers walk under Christmas decorations in Bordeaux
In Depth

Coronavirus: what is Europe doing about Covid-19 restrictions over Christmas?

Boris Johnson facing growing opposition to plans to relax UK coronavirus rules during the festive season
15 Dec 2020
Did Oliver Cromwell actually ban Christmas?
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In Depth

Did Oliver Cromwell actually ban Christmas?

Festive games and carol singing were outlawed during the English Civil War
14 Dec 2020
Why is kissing under the mistletoe a Christmas tradition?
Mistletoe
In Depth

Why is kissing under the mistletoe a Christmas tradition?

The coronavirus pandemic will limit yuletide snogging opportunities this year
11 Dec 2020
Christmas dinner: food and drink delivered to your door
Farmison & Co heritage breed free range Bourbon Red turkey
On the menu

Christmas dinner: food and drink delivered to your door

Take away the stress with these festive hampers and ‘pub in a box’
10 Dec 2020
Christmas alcohol guide: unique gift sets and presents
A Fine Christmas Malt by The Whisky Exchange
On the menu

Christmas alcohol guide: unique gift sets and presents

Get into the festive spirit with tipples including Christmas Malt whisky and Brussels sprout gin and vodka
9 Dec 2020
Nine great Christmas gifts for adults
Jonathan Adler acrylic chess set
In Brief

Nine great Christmas gifts for adults

From chess sets to coffee machines here’s some perfect present ideas
8 Dec 2020
Ten ways to find the perfect Christmas gift
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Ten ways to find the perfect Christmas gift

How to choose the perfect gift this festive season
7 Dec 2020
Where to buy jewellery gifts this Christmas
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In Brief

Where to buy jewellery gifts this Christmas

Pick out a special piece for a special someone
3 Dec 2020
Instant Opinion: ‘The emperor runs out of clothes’
Philip Green
In Depth

Instant Opinion: ‘The emperor runs out of clothes’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Wednesday 2 December
2 Dec 2020
Bubbly for your bubble: Christmas champagne pairing
Christmas champagne pairings
In Brief

Bubbly for your bubble: Christmas champagne pairing

Françoise Peretti shares her top tips and we pick out some great bottles to try
1 Dec 2020
Coronavirus: what Thanksgiving reveals about Christmas risks
Donald Trump seen with Thanksgiving turkey "Corn" before it was pardoned.
In Brief

Coronavirus: what Thanksgiving reveals about Christmas risks

Fears of surge in Covid-19 cases as millions of Americans travel to family gatherings
30 Nov 2020
Christmas gifts: best tech and gadgets
Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Evo
In Review

Christmas gifts: best tech and gadgets

Add these gizmos to your shopping list this year
30 Nov 2020
12 classic Christmas films on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video
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In Brief

12 classic Christmas films on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video

Must-watch festive flicks include The Christmas Chronicles 2 and Home Alone
30 Nov 2020
Ten arty and unusual Christmas gifts for him
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In Review

Ten arty and unusual Christmas gifts for him

A selection of imaginative and elegant gifts for discerning gentlemen with a keen eye for design
26 Nov 2020
Coronavirus: what are the Christmas Covid-19 rules?
Boris Johnson speaks with a man dressed as Father Christmas in 2019
In Brief

Coronavirus: what are the Christmas Covid-19 rules?

Up to three households will be allowed to mix for a five-day period
25 Nov 2020
What is the science behind the Christmas Covid break?
Christmas
In Depth

What is the science behind the Christmas Covid break?

Some experts fear that allowing households to mix over festive season risks ‘pouring fuel on the coronavirus fire’
25 Nov 2020
A festive feast: the best Christmas cookbooks
Best Christmas cookbooks
In Brief

A festive feast: the best Christmas cookbooks

Serve up a series of seasonal delights with these recipe collections
25 Nov 2020
Ten Christmas stocking fillers which cost £20 or less
Christmas stockings
In Brief

Ten Christmas stocking fillers which cost £20 or less

Essential items include chocolates, socks, a diary and... Lynx Africa
19 Nov 2020
Advent calendars for adults: booze, sweets and treats
That Boutique-y Gin Company Advent Calendar
In Brief

Advent calendars for adults: booze, sweets and treats

Sorry kids, these calendars are strictly for grown-ups only
18 Nov 2020
Instant Opinion: Covid Christmas ‘mired in mixed messages’
Boris Johnson returns to Number 10, Downing Street following the weekly Cabinet meeting.
In Depth

Instant Opinion: Covid Christmas ‘mired in mixed messages’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 17 November
17 Nov 2020
10 amazing Christmas food and drink ideas
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10 amazing Christmas food and drink ideas

From traditional Welsh cuisine and caviar gift boxes to premium wine and whisky, here are some great ideas to make your Christmas delicious
9 Nov 2020
Leaked file reveals plans for new three-tier lockdown system
Boris Johnson wearing a face mask.
In Brief

Leaked file reveals plans for new three-tier lockdown system

Pub closures and harsher social contact rules may be in pipeline for England as infections rise
5 Oct 2020
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