Santa Claus

From An Accidental Run-In With The Far-Right To A Dirty Joke - This Year's 5 Bad Santas

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK

Santa Claus is meant to bring merriment to everyone he meets, but it seems not everyone who dons the beard and red suit knows exactly what’s expecte...

41-Year-Old Still Believes In Santa

Kevin Fleming | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Parents
Kevin Fleming

Our daughter says that this tidal wave of doubt has not impacted her belief, saying the magic only works if you believe. I want to tell her the truth, but my longing for her innocence is stronger.

This Is How To Track Santa On Christmas Eve

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Parents

Kids may have visited Santa throughout December, but what they really want to know is if he’s keeping up with his present drop-off on Christmas eve....

A Scientific Explanation Of How Santa Delivers Toys All Over The World In Just One Night

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Parents

If you have kids who are teetering on the edge of believing in Santa or not, this scientific explanation could seal the deal. Professor Brian Cox appe...

Seaside Fudge For Christmas

Fi Bird | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

I pop some well washed carrageen into a pan, cover it with water and simmer the pan over a low heat for about 20 minutes until a rich gel is released. I then sieve the gloop into a pot, cover, and refrigerate the resulting gel for up to ten days. I use it to thicken, add sheen to sauces, in marshmallows or as a setting agent in panna cottas and mousses.

How 11 Celebrity Parents Are Getting Their Kids In The Christmas Spirit

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Parents

Celebrity parents including Jamie Oliver, Kimberley Walsh and Coleen Rooney are getting their kids in the Christmas spirit just as much as we are. Pre...

The Lies We Tell About Santa

Toni Hargis | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Parents
Toni Hargis

I've had almost twenty four years of being a parent, and with a large age difference between the oldest and youngest, roughly twenty one years of fibbing my head off about various matters. At this time of year of course, the culprit is Santa Claus or Father Christmas.

We Spent The Day With Father Christmas And This Is What He Had To Say

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Parents

The Huffington Post UK headed to Hamleys Toy Shop to visit Father Christmas himself and find out exactly what he gets up to during December. Away from...

Marriage: The Rings or the Love?

Jennifer Gilmour | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jennifer Gilmour

I don't remember the actual moment when we made the decision to marry but it was because of what we learnt from the loss of two such important people from our lives that we suddenly felt that it was important to us and important that we didn't waste time waiting.

Where Is Santa? Track His Every Move Here

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 24.12.2015 | UK

After a year of preparation its finally time for Santa Claus to travel the world and deliver all the gifts he's spent the whole year sourcing, making ...

'Twas the (Real) Night Before Christmas

Lucy Gaskin | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Parents
Lucy Gaskin

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house The children were shrieking, like they'd seen a mouse. The stockings weren't hung by the beds anymore; The children thought they looked better thrown on the floor.

These 'Santa' And 'Father Christmas Stock Photos Gave Us A Surprise We Weren't Expecting

The Huffington Post | Elliot Wagland | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Comedy

Santa is very much used to springing surprises at Christmas but he won't be as shocked as we were when searching for stock photographs of 'Santa' or '...

Adults Hijack Kids' Letters To Santa With Miserable Results

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Poor Santa has his work cut out for him this year if these requests are anything to go by. After emptying their Christmas postbox, staff at Eureka...

Santa's Heartbreaking Gesture For Family Of Baby Who Died Last Christmas

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK Parents

A baby's first photo with Father Christmas is breaking hearts around the world. Hayden Daniel died shortly before Christmas last year, when he was ...

Out of Nothing, from a Frozen Land: Santa Claus and the Disaster of Unlimited Consumption

Kester Brewin | Posted 11.12.2016 | UK
Kester Brewin

This is the better meaning of Christmas: not that we receive from a supply that will never end, but that, in the dead of night, in acknowledgement of the limited resources that this world has, we recognise our common worth and equality and share what we have with those who have less.

Christmas Drives Me Crackers

Kathryn Berens | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Berens

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.

Quick! Letters To Santa Must Be Sent Sooner Than You Think

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Parents

Letters to Father Christmas from your kids need to be sent very soon to guarantee a response before Christmas Day. Royal Mail issued the reminder o...

Mum Wasn't Prepared For This Letter When Her Son Told Friends Santa Isn't Real

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Parents

No parent looks forward to the moment their child finds out Father Christmas isn't real, especially when another child breaks the news a lot sooner th...

How I Cloned Christmas

Melkon Charchoglyan | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Melkon Charchoglyan

Being Armenian-British has certain privileges. In fact, the Christmas period is the most rewarding for many easterners living in the west. By easterners I mean those from countries that are traditionally Orthodox Christian. You see, we effectively do Christmas celebrations twice.

10 Weird Facts About Christmas

The Huffington Post UK/AllTime10s | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK

Where did Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer come from? Why does Santa ride a sleigh? When was the baby Jesus actually born? If you want to be the toas...

Yes, Virginia, There Is CCS

David Hone | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK
David Hone

Yes, Virginia, there is CCS. It exists as certainly as amine separation, compressors and drilling rigs exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life energy and mobility. Alas! how dreary and warm might the world be someday be if there is no CCS! It would be as dreary and warm as if there were no wind turbines. There may be more extreme weather then, to further concern us in this existence.

So Kids, I Lied About Santa, But Jesus Is Real

Sally Fraser | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sally Fraser

It breaks my heart to think that if she finds out Santa is made up then God and Jesus will go with him. I couldn't handle that because my jaded, patchy grown-up's faith is so strengthened by her perfect child-like one. At this time of year I need that more than ever; I honestly don't know how people survive Christmas without Christ.

'Tis The Season To Explain Christmas: No, Coke Didn't Create Santa's Red Suit

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK

Christmas traditions are far from purely Christian - a lot of what Brits do in the festive season can be traced back to paganism, folklore and commerc...

The Whole Truth About Lying

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

It's the darkest week of the year, nearly Christmas. Stories of Santa Claus and elves abound... but my kids know they're not real. I've never lied about this.

Richard Dawkins Letter to Santa

Dale Shaw | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Comedy
Dale Shaw

You singularly warp the weakened minds of infants into some vision of unquestioned worship, with the obtaining of mince pies and sherry as your one, despicable goal. How do you sleep at night?