See you later Black Friday! So long Cyber Monday! Today is Crap Friday. It is the day that all the things you ordered on Cyber Monday are due to arrive at your home or are ready for collection in store.
Every Xmas in the US, trees and decorations cause an average of 250 injuries and 40 fatalities, while sharks in the US are responsible for around one fatality every two years.
This weekend we can officially start talking about Christmas and it wouldn't be the festive season without the food. That's right, December is here and we've got 25 delicious recipes and superb seasonal tips to make sure you're fully prepared to celebrate.
Christmas is coming, and that brings a number of challenges to people looking after indoor plants - whether they are professional interior landscapers or keen home gardeners.
The Snowman is a wonderful alternative to the usual Christmas entertainment for children of either clichéd pantomimes or The Nutcracker ballet, which can go over the heads of many children.
So we went to visit Father Christmas in his grotto (Knightsbridge outpost). A lovely day out for my daughter and her best friend, were it not for the terror.
My regret is the fact that we don't seem to get any quality Christmas-themed singles any more. Are we really going to be stuck listening to Slade, Roy Wood, Cliff, Wham etc for the rest of our December days? As great as some of these records may be, it would be nice to hear something fresh.
Today my 21-year-old son, Luke Birch, sets off with his best friend, Jamie Sparks, on a huge challenge. They will attempt to break the world record for the youngest pair to row across the Atlantic.
From then, each month now has a designated charity aim, with January's 'dryathalon' all the way to 'Stoptober'. Alongside these, people will be engaging in so-called fun runs and comedy nights across the country. What's wrong with that? It's all for a good cause, they say as they proffer their jangling buckets.
'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.
Dear Santa Claus, my name is Jack and I am 20 and ½ years old. I've been a really, really good boy this year. I've even been nice to my sister, even though she can be really annoying sometimes. There are just a few things I want this year so I hope you manage to get them all.
When roasting, to avoid your bird from drying out there are a number of tips I would recommend. Choose two birds or meat joints to roast for the big day instead of a large one alone. Continually baste the bird in its own juices while cooking and allow plenty of resting time before carving and most importantly, avoid over-cooking.
Taking from the concept that nobody likes the Christmas jumpers knitted for them by their nan, we turned that idea on its head by creating the most sort after designs and weaved them into our creative process not just for the trendsetters of this festive season but well into 2014.
We're particularly vulnerable at Christmas. Many of us now routinely shop online, because it's quick and convenient. But at Christmas the volume of online transactions goes through the roof.
Why do we Brits love to get sloshed so much? I think it originated from "the war" (like most things) and isn't helped by the weather. But I do feel our relationship to booze needs to change. Like a fine wine, it needs to mature.
On my wish lists each year, sometimes every six months depending on how things are going, 'Hollywood teeth' always feature along with the ususal suspects: some rock hard abdominals, a book deal, and a Cartier Love bracelet, one must dream.