The reason we love chocolates so much is because it helps release serotonin in the brain which gives us a good feeling. Chocolate gets a bad vibe because most of the chocolate sold in stores have a high amount of added sugar, fat, Trans fats and preservatives.
Despite the record sales on Cyber Monday and a predicted spike on Christmas Eve, 42% of British shoppers plan to buy some of their Christmas presents after December 25.
Turning entirely normal people into mindless, zombie-esque happy creatures, the mystical Christmas spirit annually forces its way into our homes and hearts and helps us through the gloomy winter months. And then disaster strikes
Life is always about balance and it's nice to believe that if there's one time of year when we might push the economic boat out it would be Christmas. But the importance of play provides the rationale for tapping into something more vital to the well-being of all ages than money can ever be.
Because of the merriment, frivolities and those somewhat potentially embarrassing Christmas parties, it's a pertinent a time of year to remind everyone that the best way to enjoy celebrations, and your dram, is also to sip and savour your drink.
Supporting ONE and the programs it fights for is less about charitable handouts and more about hopeful investment in the future, for the countries they help as well as our own.
As we're about to celebrate Christmas, it seems that olfactory pleasures are more important right now than at any time of year, and it's been something I've been thinking about a lot of late. Just how much do we take our sense of smell for granted?
Only two in five parents said they only buy games that have the right age rating, and half of parents said they would let their child play a game that was bought for them by a friend or relative, even if it had an unsuitable age rating. This is worrying: undoubtedly the Christmas period is prime time for pester power, and sometimes it is hard not to give in to making inappropriate purchases. It is important, though, to remember that the power is in your hands as a responsible adult to make the right choices for families and children.
Oh my giddy aunt. Perhaps quite literally in fact, because it is the time for celebrated giddiness. It's getting closer and closer and closer. Mind scramble? Good intentions and a hell of a lot of love to give, right? But what about the actual presents?
Hey, kids! And your parents! Want to enjoy Christmas in the style of a middle-class family living in the West Midlands in the 1980s? Then look no further: because here is my handy guide to How To Have A Mann Family Christmas.
I've stressed before the need to try and fit the right drink to the occasion. Falling back on a default serve is even more of a waste at Christmas - and it's essential to remove as much stress from the day as possible.
Oh my goodness it is Christmas already. Where the summer and autumn went I have only a vague idea; it feels at once an eternity and a moment since we first nervously opened the hatch of our big old van on Leather Lane back in June.
As a family lawyer, I have advised many mothers and fathers, both separated and divorced, on shared parenting during the festive season. No one wants to be exchanging solicitors' letters the day before Christmas, so it's essential that you plan ahead and consider the practicalities, while keeping your children's best interests at heart.
With less than a week until Christmas, are you ready for the holidays? Vogue.fr has scoured the shops to create colourful gift guides to help you complete your Christmas shopping on time.
It's December, the fire is burning, the decorations are out and lists are being made - it's that time of year again. Suicide. Yep, tis the season to be jolly doesn't apply to everyone.
If you didn't make wild cherry brandy, supermakets will come to your aid. Foraging is seasonal, cherries may be long gone but the Douglas Fir is ever green and bonne chance with the chestnut hunt.