There is no better festive entertainment than watching a room full of small children run screaming from a sweaty man in a polyester fat suit and a fake beard. This is because small children have an innate fear of strange men climbing into their bedrooms in the middle of the night which can only be a good thing.
Do a few dishes, well. Pick your favourite Christmas dinner components and concentrate your energies on making them to the best of your ability. You don't need to offer your guests 10 different types of vegetables; they'll be more than happy with two or three.
Appropriate for both men and women of any age, these items are unique, attractive and simple. In addition to this they are useful, functional and practical. What more could you want? Oh hang on, there's just one other teeny tiny point to mention: each product comes from a brand that designs and produces in a responsible way.
Being a lifestyle rather than a diet, vegans generally don't eat or use any animal derived products. But with these cropping up in everything from cosmetics to candles, picking a prezzie can be a minefield!
Last year I decided to introduce the big one to The Elf on The Shelf after it flooding my Facebook news-feed. It looked cute. A nice idea. Another way to reinforce the good behavior threat. A new tradition for my family. Easy.
Novel Beings is an agency representing 'conscious' creatives in the fashion, beauty and advertising industries. The Novel team and myself have put together a list of innovative, sustainable beauty, fashion and lifestyle products that have got us all hot under the collar for Christmas.
This time of year is popular for social engagements such as office parties, fun get-togethers with friends and festive family gatherings. But for many sufferers of social anxiety, this can be the most traumatic time of the year. While many people look forward to a good knees-up, those with social anxieties may experience feelings of dread as the party season approaches.
Girlfriends are an unbelievably hard species to buy presents for. If it's a new relationship, they're going to go for "Oh! Just get me anything!". As opposed to if it's a long term relationship, when they're instead going to state "Oh, just get me anything!". You both know, that's not how this is going to go.
It's great to give and receive cards at Christmas, but all the card and paper that gets generated is not great for the environment. Luckily, there are a few ways to keep your seasonal greetings green!
Technology has brought a host of new problems to Christmas. Not least, the plethora of apps which show Father Christmas's progress around the globe. I am starting to dread Christmas Eve already as I know what is coming - mental maths nightmare.
Dear Santa, at the risk of being castigated to your naughty list, I have to lodge a complaint. The books and pajamas I got for Christmas last year were pedestrian and unsuitable. For your information, here is a list of things that I would really like to play with this Christmas.
Am I meant to be dieting to look my best in a Little Black Dress or eating my body weight in mince pies? I do wish the world would hurry up and decide because all these contradictory Christmas messages are giving me a headache.
My request is that you let Mrs Claus come this year. Yes, your silent partner. But I know she's the force that keeps you full of beans. You wouldn't be so jolly, energetic and kind without the presence of a woman in your life. She must be FANTASTIC. You must love her to bits. You should come too, to share the load, but it would be an enormous inspiration for all of us to feel her awesomeness. It might give us the boost that we need... Women are standing shoulder to shoulder with men, our partners; just like I'm sure you do with Mrs Santa.
I'm not here to be the Scrooge of Christmas treats, everyone deserves a little indulgence during the festive season. However, I do want to make you aware of how much sugar is in these festive beverages, before you make them a habit.
The Ninja Host is stealth like in her approach. She likes to see that guests have a full plate and a well topped glass. She comes in many forms: Mother in law, aunt, mother, sister and friend. She is sabotage personified.
By staying home, you're winning at life. You're protesting the system, man. Refusing to feed the machine. No one will know you're protesting of course, because even heat-sensing helicopters won't be able to detect you under nine blankets, but who cares. You know.