Have you seen the new Christmas tree in St Pancras station? It's fourteen metres high, made entirely from Disney toys and it burns my eyes. This is not what Christmas is about. I want softly twinkling lights, jingle bells and a cinnamon and orange aroma drifting through the air.
For me this year I am definitely looking at things differently. My life and the life of my partner and everyone closely connected to us has taken a turn. Suddenly the things we took for granted aren't a given any more and that is strangely horrible and liberating at the same time.
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This simple tutorial (*this is not a tutorial*) contains all the instructions you need to create beautiful (*ahem*) handmade Christmas cards (*there will be no cards*) with very young children.
Dealing with any depression or mental health issue during a time of general good cheer and celebration can be markedly more challenging than at other times. The Christmas period, although wonderful, can sometimes be stressful and overwhelming too. Here are my top five tips for reducing symptoms and improving mood.
Christmas is coming and it's not just the goose who's getting fat. Many people will also be piling on a few extra pounds over the holiday period. So how can we use what's known about the brain to put less in our stomachs this year?
Do you remember a time before the elf of the shelf? Before 'The Elsa Dress' was on every little girls present list? Before gifts were wrapped in shabby chic brown paper and tied with string? And before Pinterest made our table displays look worthy of Home Interiors magazines? Do you my friend remember when Christmas Day... was just a bit, well, crap?
I'll confess, I am pretty much all of these mum-friend types (*hangs head in shame*), but before you write off a festive bender with me, I promise you, a mum friend is not just for Christmas - she's for life...
There's no time like Christmas to act as a reminder that I'm single, child-less and am now the oldest i've ever been, now a mystifying 40 years old. It seems that, once again, I'm having Christmas just with my parents.
Stuck in London for the holidays? Fear not! The capital offers plenty of options to get you in the mood for Christmas. Forget over-the-top Christmas markets, tacky Santa's grottoes or lukewarm mulled wine: Londoners are spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out before or during the Christmas break.
Christmas is meant to be the season of goodwill, but for many of us being cooped up with a houseful of assorted relatives, friends, in-laws as well as our closest loved ones it can be a recipe for disaster. The reality is often a less than harmonious situation.
Like cheese, with age comes a mature palate. So how best to navigate away from a fromage faux pas on your Christmas party cheese platter? Well first, you need to know what your cheese choice says about you.
Like China's Santa Claus which plays a saxophone which left me unable to explain to her last year, I am equally unable to fully explain the link between a god, his son born to a virgin and the tie-in to a fat man dressed in red fur with elves. The entire description of Christmas borders on paedophillic and spans the implausible.
It was a beautiful night with a New Moon in South Tawton, Devon, England. And the world was about to change forever... Okay, so it wasn't a star, but...
I really hope people will get behind Singing for Syrians this Christmas and help raise money for these two brilliant charities. Since the start of the conflict in 2012 the UK has allocated more than £1.1billion to help meet the immediate needs of vulnerable people in Syria and of refugees in the region. However, there is always more that can be done.
A blend of the classic Champagne grapes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier this trophy-winning wine is excellent, opening with fine bubbles and a fresh aroma with some brioche and pastry notes, but a keen limey fruit and touch of bruised apple.