Festive Season

Christmas Pudding Biscuits

Miranda Gore Browne | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Miranda Gore Browne

There's a chill in the air and the decorations are going up. It's the time of year for cosy log fires, mulled wine, time for friends and family, an ab...

Christmas Expectations VS. Christmas Reality

Nicki Kinickie | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Nicki Kinickie

It is the same thing every year; as soon as December 1st rears its head us Christmas lovers go into meltdown. We have this deep need that grows every year to make this Christmas the best Christmas yet and whether it's even more decorations and lights or more pots of twiglets than your family can physically consume, no expense is spared and no detail left out. T

Have You Got The Festive Fear? What You Can Do About It

Malminder Gill | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Malminder Gill

I'm using the 'festive fear' as a collective term for negative feelings of stress, anxiety and irrational thoughts during the Christmas period. These could be feelings of financial stress, anxiety about seeing family members who've had rifts with in the past or perhaps obsessive irrational thoughts concerning your hosting skills or the gifts you've bought.

Add Some Sparkle To Your Christmas Reading

Robin Kermode | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Robin Kermode

Being asked to read at a Carol Service is a great honour, but for many it can fill us with dread! What tone should you take? How fast should you go? A...

The Good, Bad And Ugly Of The 2016 Christmas Ad Season

Debra Marmor | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Debra Marmor

Not sure when John Lewis's Christmas adverts took on the eager anticipation aura of Budweiser's US Clydesdale commercials, but Aldi's 'Kevin the Carro...

Orange Pistachio Madeleines With Cardamom Butterscotch Sauce

Kathy Slack | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kathy Slack

Proust has a lot to answer for. All that chat about madeleines. It's elevated them to 'mysterious French delicacy' status, given them a rarified air of complexity. In fact, they are the work of mere moments and can be knocked out by the dozen with minimal effort.

The Gift of Peace Is Within

Sonja Lewis | Posted 22.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sonja Lewis

Peace - a top theme during the festive season - is often thought of as the cure-all for problems on different scales, whether global, local or familiar. Understandably so, because when we achieve peace, we thrive as nations, communities, families, and individuals.

Hosting Christmas Dinner? Try These Five Things to Save Time and Stress

Jemma Moran | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jemma Moran

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.

Kendall And Kylie Jenner Launch Exclusive Topshop Party Season Collection

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Style

If you're frantically looking for the perfect party dress, Kendall and Kylie Jenner may be able to lend a hand. On Friday 20 November, the sisters...

John Lewis - Is Huge Spend on Festive Advertising a Waste of Money?

Leeanne Boulton | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK
Leeanne Boulton

The Christmas commercials have landed, and with them the moral outrage and corporate cynicism of the masses, not ironically in the lazy, easy-activism format of internet meme.

Chinese Broccoli With Garlic, Chili and Ginger Sauce, and Tong Yuan

Krissy O'Shea | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Krissy O'Shea

Typically on the table at this time of year would be dumplings for luck, a rich roast Peking Duck, the clean flavor of steamed whole Sea Bass with bright lemongrass notes, something sweet of course and the beautiful orange glow and sharp bite of mounds of clementines.

Be More Festive Than 'Stresstive' This Season: Five Tips to Laugh Your Way Through the Holidays

Mandy Riches | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mandy Riches

This time of year can be brilliant fun, but occasionally can also be just a little bit stressful, what with buying gifts, cooking elaborate dinners or perhaps simply being thrown together with relatives you do not see very often for long periods of time.

Assess Your Happiness This Christmas

Chris Barez-Brown | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Barez-Brown

Christmas is a wonderful time for us to step back from all the busyness that surrounds us so that we can get a clearer look at who we are and where we are going in our lives. A simple way to help us make the most of this opportunity is to 'unplug'.

Avoid Morning-After Regrets When You're Planning That Legendary Christmas Party

Debbie Bannigan | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Debbie Bannigan

It's that magical time of year when the woolly hats come out, and your office is crammed full of mince pies and tins of chocolate. Your organisation has worked really hard all year long, so to thank them, employees are being treated to a festive office party.

The Best Places to Feel Festive This Year in London

Elle-Rose Williams | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elle-Rose Williams

For me, the festive season is when being a Londoner really starts to pay off. It's a beautiful city at the best of times, but during the festive season the city really takes on a new lease of life.

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.