Festive Season

Spare a Thought for the Homeless this New Year - It Could Be You

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK
Lord Victor Adebowale

There will be many people who read the headline on this article and think 'it's not my problem.' Yet the majority of us are only a paycheck away from not being able to pay the mortgage. The journey from home-ownership to rough sleeping can be a short and brutal one. So spare a thought for the homeless this 2014. It could be you.

Drugs at Work 2: Christmas - Showing Dry January What Fun Was

Josh Barrie | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Josh Barrie

Many people in the UK decide to detox after the Christmas period. Stilton, port and vast amounts of mince pies are all very well, but come at a cost. It's a price some aren't always happy to pay, so they then spend January and beyond moaning about weight gain and their plans to get fit for the summer.

Why Your Chances Of Having Sex Are Likely To Increase Over Christmas

Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If sex has been off the cards because your other half has turned into a stressed-out lunatic thanks to all the pressures of preparing for Christmas, g...

Mastercard and PayAnywhere Forge Bond; Consumers to Gain?

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

It has been long since consumerism left the alleys of physical stores and supply chains, and made internet its alternate home. In fact, nothing else t...

Surviving and Thriving During the Holidays as a Singleton

Ambi Sitham | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ambi Sitham

Before meeting my other half I spent the best part of five years navigating the peaks and troughs of single life and know all too well the pain and pleasure of flying solo on special occasions. Here are some of my tips on how I enjoyed, made the most of and kept my sanity/perspective in check at Christmas and many other special occasions.

Poorna Bell

What Do Nutritionists Eat At Christmas?

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Like property porn, our version of food porn is peering at other people's plates to see what they eat for Christmas - especially people who talk about...

Do You Have Xmas FOMO?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If you're a regular sufferer of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), you might be experiencing a sudden and unforeseen surge in your social anxiety pangs. T...

Top 10 Tips for Surviving Christmas the Feminine Way - Part Two

Claire Brummell | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Brummell

The four Rs - Rest, Relax, Recharge and Reward! When time gets short, us ladies sometimes decide that to create more of it we will simply stay up later, get up earlier or worse...both!

Poorna Bell

How To Cope With Depression At Christmas

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Depression - whether it is clinical or brought on by a bereavement, divorce or work - is often at its worst for some people during the holiday season....

Capturing the True Magic of Christmas: How I Rediscovered My Love of the Festive Season

Kirsty Lemare | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Lemare

So what happened to release me from the confines of my decidedly Scrooge-like slump? A trip to the doctors believe it or not. Somewhere in the stench of other people's bugs, a delay of nearly an hour on my allotted appointment time and some delightful piped Christmas tunes a change occurred.

Top 10 Tips for Surviving Christmas the Feminine Way - Part One

Claire Brummell | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Brummell

We know that we women have a tendency to take on a little too much and Christmas often throws another dozen balls into our over-capacity juggling act! So the question is, how do we not just survive the Christmas season...but actually ensure that we ENJOY it?

Ten Best Christmas Trees 2013

Andrew Matthews | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Matthews

'Tis the season to creep about the attic hunting down a box no-one bothered to write 'Xmas' on 12 months ago. Traditionally, this is followed by the much-loved 'it looks squint to me' debate; a long, sour silence over whose responsibility it was to check the lights BEFORE they went on the tree; and, my particular favourite, competitive bauble re-positioning.

How to Turn Things Around When You Feel Down and Get Through This Festive Season

Jolene Setterfield | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jolene Setterfield

Christmas is just around the corner, and it can be a proper stressful time of the year for many of us. However, you CAN turn things around, and not let the stress get the better of you! Below are a few tips to help guide you through this festive season blissfully.

Selfie-Obsessed - How to Avoid the Festive Season Blues

Stephanie Goward | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Tech
Stephanie Goward

Instead of screaming bloody murder at your screen, maybe you should feel sorry for the gloaters. While you bask under the florescent lighting of your office, dreaming of greener grass, your travelling online-associates are raining on their own parade. They are wasting their time in #paradise by making sure that you at home know all about it.

Start Preparing Your Festive Wardrobe

Ravi Grewal | Posted 18.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ravi Grewal

A good pair of jeans are a must for any gent's wardrobe, and with the festive season fast approaching, now's as good a time as any to start thinking about a wardrobe refresh before the parties start.

Echelon Redux

Annie Machon | Posted 01.03.2013 | UK Politics
Annie Machon

In the same way that President Obama signed the invidious NDAA on 31 December last year, despite his previous protestations about using his veto, it appears the US government has sneaked/snuck through (please delete as appropriate, depending on how you pronounce 'tomato') yet another draconian law during the festive season, which apparently further erodes the US constitution and the civil rights of all Americans.

How to Survive and Thrive in the Festive Season

Sarah Rozenthuler | Posted 27.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Rozenthuler

To help you navigate your way through the dark days and nights of TV specials, nativity plays and carol concerts, here are my top 10 tips for coping with Christmas. As someone from a large family who's often found it a challenge, I've learnt that a little preparation can go a long way.

Why I Wish the Grinch HAD Stolen Christmas

Sara C Nelson | Posted 22.02.2013 | UK
Sara C Nelson

I'm pretty sure I've hated Christmas all of my life. I'd go so far as to say Dr Seuss's famously grouchy Grinch has nothing on me. Not a speck of tinsel adorns my flat, nor do cards jostle for space on my mantelpiece.

Surviving the Festive Period

Iain Mahony | Posted 23.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Iain Mahony

Alcohol is ubiquitous at this time of year. Abstinence may make you feel virtuous but can also be dull. If you do drink, I'd advocate men avoiding beer. Beer increases levels of an enzyme called aromatase. This converts testosterone into oestrogen and leads to fat deposition around the pectoral - the dreaded man boobs. Stick to a few glasses of good quality red wine instead.

Christmas Interiors - Make Your Home Festive

Laura Pearson-Smith | Posted 14.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Pearson-Smith

It's that time of year again; time to decorate your home for the holiday season.

December Named the Most Stressful Month for UK Employees

Marian Dwyer | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Marian Dwyer

The pressure to deliver a month's work in a matter of weeks combined with less people in the office due to a myriad of Christmas parties, left over holiday days and official bank holidays, are all expected to takes its toll as the festive season gets into full swing.

10 Reasons for Staying In

Daphne Leprince-Ringuet | Posted 01.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Daphne Leprince-Ringuet

Ah, autumn, you gotta love it. The melancholic fall of amber leaves, the cozy warmth of your hot-water bottle, the frenetic preparations for the festive season... Yeah right.

My Christmas Birthday Hell - Why I'm Finally Getting Over My Bitterness

The Guyliner | Posted 21.02.2012 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

Yes, my birthday is two days before Christmas. Not even remarkable enough to be Christmas Eve or the actual day itself. Oh no. It's the last 'normal' day before the big event. The world and his wife are Christmas shopping, arguing in Debenhams about what size pyjamas to buy Auntie Pat.

PICTURES: Santa Goes Scuba-Diving While Boris Looks For A Magic Wand

Huffington Post | Posted 19.12.2011 | UK

A scuba-diving Santa, hundreds of plucked Turkeys selling at auction and skating choir boys - these are the festive images from around the UK just day...

Korean Security Guard Santas Provide Kung Fu Protection For Seoul Shops (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Alastair Plumb | Posted 02.12.2011 | UK Comedy

Santa hats off to Kim Young-mok, director of the Safety and Security team at Coex Mall, Seoul, South Korea, for coming up with the inspired idea of pu...