When we are bombarded with invitations and people saying; "We really must catch up before Christmas" we can choose to take some simple and grown-up steps to get through the silly season with your dignity and credit card intact.
I'm the first to admit that for those of you who have families to support, families with expectations of lovely presents wrapped in shiny paper for the cat / dog / tortoise to try to eat off overnight, the run up to Christmas is nothing but scary stress and you can't wait for it to be over.
LAD is the sigh of the long dis-empowered - the muzzled moderate - now empowered through social media. They are Northern Ireland's unofficial Opposition, resistance and counter-factual against sectarians who stalk the streets and political office.
Despite nearly a decade at the other end of the phone, I have never seen the helpline as busy as it is now, and it's picking up every day. We're open seven days a week, 365 days a year, and from morning until night, the phones ring constantly - without fail.
The Christmas market originated in Germany, Austria, South Tyrol and Alsace, but has now spread throughout Europe to become a popular tradition. Generally opened around four weeks before Christmas, the 'Christkindlmarkt' celebrates everything about the holiday season and is guaranteed to evoke a festive spirit in visitors.
The countdown to Christmas has begun and we'll be bringing you a new upload every festive day until the big one - that's 25 December in case you were unsure. Jamie kicked off the show with a perfect party dish - crispy fried squid - and Food Tube fans have already been feasting their eyes on some tasty Christmas delights including Gennaro Contaldo's bruschetta...
In the world of food and writing, I'm an al dente moaner, a social commentator looking through the holes of glazed ring doughnuts. There's no doubt, after all, that the life of someone who feels the need to write about the world around them tend to have a keen eye for the most delicious foods, often in the largest quantities.
This is the UK's largest fashion festival which is packed with all the latest fashion and beauty trends. You can enjoy the non-stop catwalk shows, hair and beauty demonstrations and much more. It is set to be a special one as it is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year!
I encourage my clients to indulge over the Christmas period because we are more concerned about what happens between New Year to Christmas, not Christmas to New Year.
A better plan then, may be what I encourage all of my training clients to do and that is lose some weight in anticipation that you may 'overeat' a little. That way you could enjoy some of what you fancy over the holidays and come through the whole experience weighing what you normally do.
So perhaps what I'm trying to say is this, folks. If you happen to be one of those people who irons a lot, but especially if you ever iron hankies, socks, sheets, duvet covers, or for chrissakes, your leggings, you are basically dead to me.
Christmas can be a difficult time if you're trying to lose weight. It's all the parties, the mince pies, the chocolates and of course alcohol which make it so hard to stay on track. The usual response is to think "I'll just deal with my weight after Christmas". But do you really want to get to New Year's day, step on the scales and see that they're up five pounds? Of course not.
As a child, the meaning of Christmas was obvious - it was all about Santa Claus and the promise of him leaving longed-for presents under the tree.
When deciding how to stand out at Christmas, it is vital that brands leverage and amplify their DNA - taking what is at the core of their identity and leveraging it in a way that is likely to resonate with consumers on a festive level.
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.
Even though our children and grandchildren are all over a thousand miles away, their special gifts went winging their way to them so they all could celebrate St. Nicholas Day in style...and I am happy to report that there was no need for us to buy any coal!