All around the country, foster carers are doing their bit to make sure that this Christmas will be a special one for the children and young people they care for. Having grown up with many foster brothers and sisters, I know all too well that the winter holidays are especially hard for children growing up in care. At this time of year, they are in need of all the extra love and support we can give them.
Now, every year Chemo Cookery Club sends a festive menu to tingle tired tastebuds and hopefully bring a little cheer to those of you that might be a bit more challenged over the Christmas season. This year's menu can be found at:
As much as we all want Christmas to revolve around perfect presents, tasty food and drink, no work, and leisure time to be spent with close family and friends, it can be a psychologically tense and stressful time even among the most happy and well-adjusted families.
On Christmas Eve, I will join my parents for a night of fun, laughter, and joy. But this cheerful atmosphere sharply contrasts the mood of the family gathering seven years earlier. On that day, my father informed me that a parent is only as happy as his saddest child. My response was, "Well then, you're screwed." I was 23 years old and had surpassed a previous low to hit rock bottom...
Not everyone can come together for Christmas. Many Veterans will be connecting with friends and family online. Stoll runs Skype and IT courses to help Veterans learn new skills and to help people stay in touch with others.
Who can resist a Christmas song in which the two lead singers brand each other in the midst of an argument with such epithets as "scumbag", "arse" and "an old slut on junk"? Not me.
Designated driver? End of year detox? Pregnant? Although many of us look forward to enjoying a drink on Christmas day, there are many people out there who can't enjoy a tipple during the festive season.
Every January, without fail, we are greeted with headlines about an NHS inundated with emergencies over the festive period. It seems that Christmas 2015 slightly bucked the trend with 'only' 278,000 attendances at A&E in the week leading up to the New Year, compared with more than 310,000 for the same period in 2014.
More and more people are championing having their events earlier in the week; so let's consider the best scenario of how to broach the subject of hosting your work social on a Monday night - be honest, is it really such a bad idea?
Drink Driving. We all know the rules right? The legal limit is 80 milligrams of alcohol for every 100 milliliters of blood or 35 micrograms of alcohol for every 100 milligrams of breath. So, if you are over the limit, bye bye license.
The research did show that men do spend time on Christmas preparations but prefer those tasks that are typically more 'fun', choosing to lend a hand coordinating outings with family and friends, preparing the festive feast and looking for unusual ingredients for Christmas dishes.
Our report shows the number of these telnet and SSH scans has increased by 140% year-on-year from July 2015, with the figure increasing significantly from May 2016 onwards, double the previous peak level from the 12-month period.
This Christmas our family will be remembering Jo in every moment, her energy, her enthusiasm, her love and her example. After all that's happened this year, she would hope that all of us make a resolution to do something in 2017 to bring our communities back together. To reach out to somebody that might disagree with us. Now is not a moment to shout louder into our echo chambers. It's a moment to reach out.
Christmas is a time when women's relationships with our bodies can become particularly strained. One side of us is saying to eat our body weight in pigs in blankets, the other telling us we'll regret it when we don't look like Gigi Hadid come summer.
Now, don't get me wrong - bulimia isn't just a problem that I have at Christmas. I'm not claiming that the festive season is to blame for my eating disorder. What I am saying, though, is that it seems to limit the 'power' I have over my eating habits.
Christmas is nearly upon us, and no doubt many little ones will be waking up to the joy of new tablets and devices under the tree this year. But with extra screen time comes new parenting challenges - how can we ensure that our kids aren't stumbling across inappropriate content while eagerly testing out their new toys?