I would not have voted in favour of bombing Syria. ISIL/Daesh is a source of evil, of this I have no doubt. But for me the case for bombing is not proven. Some, including some I greatly respect, say that the traditional Christian criteria for a Just War have been fulfilled. But I cannot agree. Across the world I see the the political reflex to seek quick popularity through warmongering talk, and I abhor it. I believe there is a better way. In the season of the coming of the Prince of Peace let's try and find it together.
With the ISS to take advantage of, Father Christmas has at his disposal a bespoke and truly unique mode of transportation for getting around the planet, custom built to house its crew in relative safety and security.
It doesn't matter if your Christmas is completely over the top, played out in a drunken haze, or spent quietly with minimal fuss. All fine. It may be that you celebrate the religious festival of Christmas and all the commercialization has no meaning. Good for you too.
He enjoys turning the pages, looking at the pictures and hearing the different voices we use to read and I enjoy the closeness between us and watching him grow, learn and develop. But more than any of this, he loves the moment I get out his basket of books each day.
Christmas break is a great legitimate time to allow your brain to have some rest from the excessive stimulation that online brings to our lives and process all information you've been feeding your brain with over the past months.
The Jolly Boys, brought together through their mutual love of football have come together with rock group Jagged Edge to release a charity single they hope will raise thousands of pounds for diabetes charities around the country.
Beef short ribs are a bargain - so much so they'll probably soon go the way of monkfish, pork belly and lamb shanks and become prohibitively expensive. Get them while you can but remember to leave some at the butcher's counter for me or we'll have words.
It's a fast growing tree so this will appease those with an eco conscience. America in my opinion does Christmas rather splendidly, be it decorations, films or Nat King Cole in song, roasting chestnuts over an open fire.
Christmas gifts such as handbags, jewelry and chocolates have been replaced with practical items such as a new baby carrier, Maxi-Cosi car seat and playpen - yes for me of course, Baby Boo gets a whole set of toys, books and fun!
Each year, it gets bigger, brighter, louder and more extravagant, but for some, Christmas isn't always considered the most wonderful time of the year! In fact, for many, Christmas can cause worry, stress and anxiety, with Samaritans reporting a huge increase in phone calls during the festive period.
At the heart of Christmas is the Bethlehem babe, who later went on to preach that we are to love our neighbours as ourselves. Not instead of ourselves or despite ourselves but as ourselves. The all-inclusive love Jesus was teaching, therefore, includes the call to each of us to look after "number one", too.
If you aren't one of the two people on the planet that lives for Christmas, then below are some tips that will help you survive the festive period without any Santa's, reindeer, adults, children, Christmas trees, TV sets and pretty much anything else being harmed in the process...
Christmas is a wonderful time of giving, receiving and celebrating the birth of baby Jesus with family and friends. Unfortunately for those trying to lose excess body fat over this period our celebrations often include rich, indulgent food, and instead of getting that warm, fuzzy excited feeling approaching the holiday they often feel anxiety and gloom.
Cheesecakes are a fantastic, easy dessert to rustle up when you're entertaining. Although not typically a Winter sweet, my version is perfect for the chilly winter months, combining the classic biscuit case and cream cheese topping with all of the delicious flavours of the Christmas season - red wine, cinnamon, orange and cloves.
Animals can be a wonderful addition to a family - just not when they're gifted to an unsuspecting recipient during one of the most chaotic times of the year. The following are some reasons why...
What could be more quintessentially English than a fine afternoon tea? Tea is of course Britain's unofficial national drink, and accompanying this cultural staple with scrumptious scones, delicate sandwiches and fine cakes and pastries is becoming an ever-greater trend.