Christmas

Inside Sandringham: the Queen’s favoured place to mark accession day
Sandringham Estate
In Depth

Inside Sandringham: the Queen’s favoured place to mark accession day

Her Majesty will stay in Prince Philip’s cottage on the estate for landmark anniversary
27 Jan 2022
‘Keir Starmer’s lead in the polls is his chance’
Keir Starmer, Angela Rayner
Instant Opinion

‘Keir Starmer’s lead in the polls is his chance’

Your digest of analysis from the British and international press
4 Jan 2022
Unpacking Boxing Day – why we celebrate it and origins of the name
Boxing Day
In Depth

Unpacking Boxing Day – why we celebrate it and origins of the name

Now a day a sports and sales for many Brits, the festive public holiday has medieval roots
26 Dec 2021
The world’s strangest and most surprising Christmas traditions
Christmas in the Netherlands
In Depth

The world’s strangest and most surprising Christmas traditions

Crunchy caterpillars and seasonal saunas are among the list of unconventional customs
25 Dec 2021
The best Christmas TV
Still from West Side Story
In Brief

The best Christmas TV

From films and documentaries to musicals for all the family
25 Dec 2021
Did Oliver Cromwell actually cancel Christmas?
oliver_cromwell.jpg
In Depth

Did Oliver Cromwell actually cancel Christmas?

Secret celebrations were known to have continued despite 17th-century laws against festivities
24 Dec 2021
Christmas and New Year sport on TV guide
Football fixtures Christmas 2020
In Focus

Christmas and New Year sport on TV guide

Enjoy a feast of sporting action this festive season
24 Dec 2021

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Survey asks how many Brits would accept a black or gay Santa
Tall Tales

Survey asks how many Brits would accept a black or gay Santa

And other stories from the stranger side of life
24 Dec 2021
‘Father Christmases are struggling’
A Father Christmas in a grotto near Huddersfield
Instant Opinion

‘Father Christmases are struggling’

Your digest of analysis from the British and international press
23 Dec 2021
‘Few things make the heart sink more at Christmas than worthy receivers’
Christmas shoppers on Oxford Street, London
Instant Opinion

‘Few things make the heart sink more at Christmas than worthy receivers’

Your digest of analysis from the British and international press
21 Dec 2021
Will the UK have a white Christmas?
Christmas trees covered with snow
In Depth

Will the UK have a white Christmas?

Unsettled weather could give way to snowflake showers, says Met Office
21 Dec 2021
Countries that do not celebrate Christmas
Christmas decorations
In Depth

Countries that do not celebrate Christmas

The festive season passes unmarked in fewer than 20 of the world’s nations
15 Dec 2021
Family find venomous snake in Christmas tree
A Christmas tree
Tall Tales

Family find venomous snake in Christmas tree

And other stories from the stranger side of life
15 Dec 2021
What are the top Christmas toys of 2021?
Paw Patrol Chase’s Deluxe Transforming Vehicle by Spin Master Toys
The wish list

What are the top Christmas toys of 2021?

Paw Patrol, Star Wars, Barbie and Hot Wheels are on the must-have toy wish lists
13 Dec 2021
Can you crack the GCHQ Christmas card code?
Person on the computer, with a confused expression
Quizzes and puzzles

Can you crack the GCHQ Christmas card code?

This year’s festive brainteaser has been specially designed for ages 11-18
13 Dec 2021
Tried and tasted: Christmas DIY meal kits
Côte at Home Deck the Halls
In Review

Tried and tasted: Christmas DIY meal kits

Traditional festive feasts and some unique menu options
10 Dec 2021
Christmas recipe: gingerbread ice cream
Gingerbread ice cream recipe by Robert Welch and From The Larder’s Georgina Hartley
On the menu

Christmas recipe: gingerbread ice cream

This gluten-free festive dessert captures the taste of Christmas
8 Dec 2021
Boss fires 900 people in Zoom call
A laptop computer
Tall Tales

Boss fires 900 people in Zoom call

And other stories from the stranger side of life
7 Dec 2021
How to plan a green Christmas
Christmas presents wrapped in brown paper
Getting to grips with . . .

How to plan a green Christmas

Cut your carbon emissions this festive season with rented trees and meal planning
3 Dec 2021
Covid this Christmas: the advice from experts and the government
Boris Johnson in front of a Christmas tree
Between the lines

Covid this Christmas: the advice from experts and the government

Communication confusion hits hospitality industry as ministers give conflicting advice
3 Dec 2021
Don’t ‘snog’ strangers under the mistletoe, says minister
mistletoe
Tall Tales

Don’t ‘snog’ strangers under the mistletoe, says minister

And other stories from the stranger side of life
2 Dec 2021
Omicron risk: where Boris Johnson and his advisers disagree
Jenny Harries
Getting to grips with . . .

Omicron risk: where Boris Johnson and his advisers disagree

Prime minister said booster jabs will give ‘the protection you need’ but Sage experts are more cautious
1 Dec 2021
Winter warmers: Christmas cocktail recipes
The Orion eggnog cocktail by The Savoy’s American Bar
On the menu

Winter warmers: Christmas cocktail recipes

Let the festive season be a very merry one indeed
1 Dec 2021
The most iconic Christmas adverts of all time
John Lewis Christmas ad 2018 Elton John
In Depth

The most iconic Christmas adverts of all time

From pints to loo roll, brands pull out all the stops for their winter campaigns
24 Nov 2021
19 advent calendars for adults
Selection of advent calendars
The wish list

19 advent calendars for adults

From beauty to Bond, there’s a calendar to suit every grown-up
22 Nov 2021
‘Boris Johnson’s real danger is sat behind him’
Boris Johnson
Instant Opinion

‘Boris Johnson’s real danger is sat behind him’

Your digest of analysis from the British and international press
8 Nov 2021
Why Israelis are mocking Facebook’s new name
Mark Zuckerberg
Tall Tales

Why Israelis are mocking Facebook’s new name

And other stories from the stranger side of life
1 Nov 2021
What is on the agenda for Boris Johnson’s cabinet ‘away day’?
Boris Johnson during the Conservative Party conference in Manchester
Behind the scenes

What is on the agenda for Boris Johnson’s cabinet ‘away day’?

PM whisks away top team as Brexit minister attends make-or-break EU summit
15 Oct 2021
Who’s to blame for UK’s looming Christmas crisis?
A man dressed as Santa Claus walks through Manchester city centre
Today’s big question

Who’s to blame for UK’s looming Christmas crisis?

Brexit and Covid-19 among explanations as festive supply chain blame game begins
15 Oct 2021
France threatens UK with power cuts and Christmas shortages
French Minister for Europe Clement Beaune with Emmanuel Macron
Behind the scenes

France threatens UK with power cuts and Christmas shortages

Paris warns it could withhold crucial supplies if post-Brexit rules are not honoured
6 Oct 2021
When are the 2022 UK bank holidays?
Deck chairs
In Depth

When are the 2022 UK bank holidays?

Brits to enjoy a four-day summer break thanks to additional day off next June
21 Sep 2021
Brexit and Covid threaten Christmas turkeys
Turkeys
In Brief

Brexit and Covid threaten Christmas turkeys

Supply is predicted to drop by 20% this festive season owing to staff shortages
20 Aug 2021
Father Christmas caught in power lines
Santa
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
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