UK Christmas 2011

Christmas Is Over, Now Write Those Thank You Letters!

William Hanson | Posted 02.03.2012 | UK Lifestyle
William Hanson

An alarming majority of people now eschew sending written thanks to their nearest and dearest who have spent their hard earned money on presents. Some will half-heartedly try to express their thanks by sending a thank you text or email. I can't imagine doing such a thing. I am coming out in hives as I write. That said, I suppose they are better than nothing.

From Hamley's Elf To Stripper: Student Jobs Over Christmas

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 04.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education

It's an age-old story. Students return home penniless for Christmas and work part-time in a pub to fund their nights out. But how far would you go ...

The Week In Pictures

Posted 29.02.2012 | UK

From Kim Jong-Il's extravagant funeral to fire-blowers and Boxing Day shoppers, The Huffington Post UK rounds up the pictures from the Christmas week....

Needles and Hymns

Sam Fraser | Posted 26.02.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Fraser

Since 1983, my Christmas has largely been characterised by disappointment. Back then, the disappointment revolved around an LP-shaped gift beneath the tree which I hoped with all my teenage heart was Michael Jackson's Thriller album.

A Christmas Isn't Just for Christmas

Debs Wild | Posted 22.02.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Debs Wild

It's 10 years since I experienced my first Christmas alone. I was apprehensive and judging by the unprecedented number of calls I received that day, so were other people. The reason I spent it on my own was due to a break-up and imminent move so it made sense. I had control over when, what and how I did everything. I loved it!

How To Avoid A New Year's Day Hangover

The Huffington Post UK | Georgia James | Posted 30.12.2011 | UK Lifestyle

When the only reminders of last night's thumping beats and flowing champagne are a pounding head and fizzing stomach, drastic action is needed. But th...

What Makes Bob Dylan Suck?

James Phelge | Posted 27.02.2012 | UK Entertainment
James Phelge

This latest Christmas was one of the very few where we never played any Christmas music at home, which is no mean feat, as over the years as we seem to have collected a good few listening hours.

Three Ways to Jazz Up The Queen's Christmas Message

Tim Clare | Posted 27.02.2012 | UK Comedy
Tim Clare

On Sunday, at 3pm, Queen Elizabeth II delivered her 60th Christmas Message. In this faddish age of rolling news and viral videos, the Queen's speech remains a changeless monument to a bygone era and this year's message was every bit as insipid, patronising and tedious as the previous 59.

Christmas Day in Afghanistan

Lloyd Fenner | Posted 27.02.2012 | UK
Lloyd Fenner

Next time you receive a present you're not happy with or a sibling causes an argument over the Christmas dinner or you are made to go out of your way for a crazy grandparent, realise how lucky you are to have these things and cherish every Christmas you spend with your family.

Christmas at Occupy London

Adam Jung | Posted 27.02.2012 | UK Politics
Adam Jung

It's cold and it's wet out. That London drizzle, a phenomenon that lies somewhere between fog and sleet which London will suffer from nearly everyday until May has begun to come down. I'm in a queue of around 2,000 that has wrapped around St. Paul's for midnight mass, snaking through Occupy London's first tent city. I'm not a Christian, I left the church 15 years ago, but I've been feeling homesick lately, and find myself here, cold, and wet, and sick.

How The Victorians Styled The Modern British Christmas

The Huffington Post UK | Olivia Williams | Posted 27.12.2011 | UK

From Father Christmas in his scarlet coat to bright green mistletoe, we have a firmly entrenched idea of what our Christmas should look like, but how ...

The Nightmare After Christmas: To Return or not to Return, That is the Question

Olivia Williams | Posted 25.02.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Williams

Swathes of lurid elf-print wrapping paper have been stuffed into a bin liner by your stoically efficient mother. Everyone is feeling fat, unattractive and a bit queasy from the Bailey's sugar rush and you're all desperate to go your respective ways before strained relations snap after three solid days of housebound family time.

Minister: Hunting Act Has 'Failed'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.12.2011 | UK Politics

The Hunting Act has "failed", according to a government minister. As thousands of people prepare to head out to Boxing Day meets Agriculture minist...

The Queen's Christmas Broadcast in Full

Her Majesty The Queen | Posted 24.02.2012 | UK
Her Majesty The Queen

In this past year my family and I have been inspired by the courage and hope we have seen in so many ways in Britain, in the Commonwealth and around the world.

Why Is This Woman Spending Christmas In The Antarctica?

PA | Posted 25.12.2011 | UK Entertainment

Daredevil Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton spent Christmas Day in Antarctica as she prepares for an attempt to become the first person to use a bike...

'A Brilliant Atmosphere': Troops Enjoy Christmas Dinner

Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.12.2011 | UK

Troops in Afghanistan enjoyed a traditional dinner this Sunday despite being away from home this Christmas. Nearly 10,000 army members have had mor...

Why Hating Brussels Sprouts Could Be In Your DNA

Huffington Post UK | Simon Crisp | Posted 25.12.2011 | UK

Researchers say there's a genetic explanation why some people love Brussels sprouts -- while others would rather eat a rubber shoe with their Christma...

Just In Time For Christmas: Dog Reunited With Life-Saving Donor

PA | Posted 25.12.2011 | UK

A dog has been reunited at Christmas with the canine hero that saved his life a year ago by donating blood. Last December, Bruno the cocker spaniel...

=Christmas Number 1

PA | Posted 25.12.2011 | UK Entertainment

The Military Wives choir has marched to the top of the charts, taking the coveted Christmas number one spot. Their single, Wherever You Are, sold 5...

The Queen's Christmas Message

PA | Posted 25.12.2011 | UK

The strength of family, friends and the community working together will be highlighted by the Queen in her Christmas message to the nation. :: The ...

Prince Philip In Hospital Over Christmas

PA | Posted 25.12.2011 | UK

The Duke of Edinburgh is expected to remain in hospital today, where he is recuperating following treatment for a blocked coronary artery. Philip, ...

A Mild Christmas

PA | Posted 25.12.2011 | UK

Britons will enjoy an "unseasonably mild" Christmas Day and Boxing Day, weather forecasters said. Across the country, temperatures of between 11C (...

Prayers For Bethlehem

PA | Posted 25.12.2011 | UK

The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales offered prayers today for people in Bethlehem at risk of losing their homes. During his Midnig...

Merry Christmas & Season's Greetings

Carla Buzasi | Posted 23.02.2012 | UK
Carla Buzasi

I am a huge fan of Christmas. If I had my way, we'd have Christmas at least twice a year, if not more. I even like Christmas pudding. And Christmas cake. And mince pies. (Although not sprouts, I don't get the point of sprouts.)

This Won't Be Happening

PA | Posted 24.12.2011 | UK

It won't be a white Christmas anywhere in the UK, forecasters have said. Not even the peaks of Scottish mountains will see snowfall on Sunday, in a...