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Facing a Christmas Divorce? Collaborate, Don't Aggravate

Philippa Cunniff | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Philippa Cunniff

There's no way to broach the subject of divorce at this time of year without feeling it somehow goes against the spirit of the season, but for a large number of families it's something which has to be faced very quickly after the last mulled wine has been drunk.

What's Old Is New Again - Deja Vu and Christmastime

Shannon Edwards | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shannon Edwards

Every day of every month we are hyper focused on what's new -- from food to travel; cars to celebrities; technology and entertainment; to work and life trends...there is an obsessive, irresistible pull towards the future. We want to be immediately better, smarter, savvier by half past the New Year's ball drop.

Why You Should Never Date a Christmas Fanatic

The Guyliner | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

Every stage of Christmas is an event in itself, a milestone to be marked, a perfect Instagram moment. Christmas doesn't just happen to him, it's a series of experiences he feels he has to have, otherwise he's failed. At first this will seem romantic and exciting, before your brain slowly starts to dribble right out of your head. And when it does, it's got tinsel running through it.

Nine Essentials to Get You Through a Christmas Hangover

Alex McBride | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex McBride

Contrary to popular belief, this is not the time of the year to celebrate the birth of our lord and saviour. No. It is in-fact the time of the year to split your time right down the middle, a perfect 50/50 of being drunk and being hungover.

How to Survive the Family Christmas

Kate Bellamy | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Bellamy

We're all mad to get home for Christmas because it is the done thing. We spend the rest of the year with these people, they've known us our whole lives, so why - on the one day everyone is meant to be happy - are we forced to swap cracker jokes with them over a dinner fraught with 'I wouldn't have done it like that' tension?

The Ten Greatest Christmas B-Sides

Kevin Hugger | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kevin Hugger

Often derided as a location for spiriting away unwanted tracks the humble b-side has thrown up numerous classics over the years. Inevitably there have been plenty of Christmas singles with more illustrious matter on their flipside and so what follows is a veritable packed sleigh full of songs that have become festive standards in their own right...

Car Parks, Hell and Stress at Xmas - 'Tis the Season of Obligation

Xavier Toby | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Comedy
Xavier Toby

You know what Xmas and New Year used to mean to me? Stress. Rushing to do too much in too little time, traffic and crawling around overstuffed multi-level car parks.

'I Didn't Think to Look Inside'

James Conmy | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Comedy
James Conmy

Can I just clear this up for the avoidance of doubt - usually Secret Santas are Shit. I mean, obviously, you know it's going to be shit because it's a secret Santa. It's the gift lottery. It's unlucky dip.

The Great Christmas Composers

Kevin Hugger | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kevin Hugger

Christmas music will never be cool, despite the fact that it has inspired plenty of cool music - don't tell me Louis Armstrong's Zat You Santa Claus? isn't the bees knees? Scoring a Christmas hit can often lead to a gold trimmed pension for the composer and/or artist who records it.

Are You Giving From Your Heart This Christmas?

Sacha Knop | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sacha Knop

Christmas is by far the season in which people feel they HAVE to give because everybody does it, because that's what Christmas is all about or because that's how it's supposed to be. It's grown into 'the bigger the better' but is that really so? How authentic are we giving this Christmas?

Wednesday's Story: Why Pets Should Not Be Christmas Gifts

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gabrielle Leimon

Across the world thousands of animals may be given as Christmas gifts. Many of them are later dumped when the responsibilities of pet ownership become too much or when they stop being cute.

An Unforgettable Baby's First Christmas? Probably, but for All the Wrong Reasons

Sal Thomas | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Comedy
Sal Thomas

I can't let my child's first Christmas just pass by in this unholy whirl can I? Not if a cursory internet search of 'Baby's First Christmas' is anything to go by. Apparently I need to make it 'unforgettable'. I should be organising festive family photo shoots. Buying him a reindeer outfit made from real reindeers. And having his first 'Christmas Day turd' immortalised in clay.

Christmas Dinner - Nine Months to Make, Nine Minutes to Eat

Sian Breslin | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sian Breslin

This is a quick low down on the main components of Christmas Dinner and why we should take pleasure in every mouthful of the most anticipated dinner of the year.

This Holiday Season, Don't Buy Into Cruelty

Mimi Bekhechi | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mimi Bekhechi

If the label says, "angora" or "wool" or "leather", please remember that the garment began as a living being - and leave it on the shelf. The only way to ensure that a piece of clothing (or anything else for that matter) is cruelty-free is to shop animal-free.

Invest in More Than Novelty Socks This Christmas

Deborah Meaden | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Deborah Meaden

With almost three quarters of British adults unable to remember some or all of the gifts they were bought last Christmas, I am joining CARE International UK's campaign to stop people squandering their hard earned cash on last minute throw away buys. Rather than the usual deluge of socks, soap and chocolate we're urging people to consider a lasting and memorable gift idea by giving vouchers for the micro-lending charity site, www.lendwithcare.org. The site enables people in the UK to lend small sums of money (from £15) to poor entrepreneurs in developing countries, helping them start or expand their small business, feed their families and send their children to school.

My Boyhood Christmas

Philip Dundas | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Dundas

Christmas at Standingstone - the farm I grew up on in Scotland - was largely a dreary affair. Any fun had to be either sought from within myself or beyond its demises. Both of my adopted parents tended towards the solemn anyway; their sadnesses and failures permeated the already dour and damp sandstone house with a cold seriousness.

How to Make Sure Your Food Photo Isn't a Turkey Even If Your Dinner Is

Will Hodson | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Will Hodson

Two events stir a sense of culinary duty in the most traditional of men. One, of course, is the barbecue. The other is setting fire to Christmas pudding.

Marks & Spencer, Muslims and a Matter of Taste

Daniel Warner | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Warner

No one has the right to refuse to help or serve someone because their religion denotes what others should put in their shopping basket, trolley or mouth. A Marks & Spencer food hall is not a place to breed religious or racial intolerance.

Christmas Is Great, Just Don't Expect Me to Celebrate

Shumailla Dar | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shumailla Dar

I love how excited everyone becomes at Christmas, it has to be one of my favourite times of the year. Amidst the blustering winds, unpredictable downpour, and imminent travel disruption, all that festive spirit really does help make everyone feel a little bit better. But the truth is, I don't actually celebrate Christmas.

Twelve Recommended Winter Cocktails to Spice Up Your Christmas

Victoria Ferran | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Ferran

When it comes to Christmas drinks, a standard selection of old favourites immediately springs to mind. Mulled wine, Sherry, Baileys, Port - these are the usual bottles seen poking out of overloaded shopping trolleys the week before Christmas.

Dealing With the Death of a Child at Christmas Time

Sharon Dempsey | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Dempsey

Living with the death of a child is difficult at any time of the year but Christmas brings extra challenges for bereaved parents. I should know. This will be my ninth Christmas without my son Owen.

Can You Have Christmas Magic Without Santa?

Zanni Louise | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zanni Louise

On my daughter's first Christmas, my husband Gregor and I discussed Santa. Do we? Don't we? For him, the decision was easy - we can play all the games, but we don't have to actually tell our daughter Santa is real. I thought this sounded reasonable. But part of me was torn. Would we be denying our daughter the magic of Christmas?

Living With Mental Health Issues at Christmas

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gabrielle Leimon

They're there throughout the year and we often don't know they're there. They are battles beneath skin. They live in those we love. They sometimes live within us. There are times and situations in which they can become amplified to an almost intolerable point. I am referring to mental health issues.

Growing Up Without Christmas

Joel Tennant | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joel Tennant

Hating Christmas is exhausting and just as tiresome and clichéd as all the constantly replayed songs, and yet loving it seems like a chore all the same. When you are brought up as a Jehovah's Witness, the world of Christmas festivities looks very different.

Childless at Christmas

Anne-Marie Scully | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anne-Marie Scully

I am finally expecting a baby in February after almost four years of battling infertility and IVF treatments. Despite being so close to my goal of being a mother I have not forgotten for one second the pain that I have endured to get here. I especially cannot forget how much more intense that pain was at Christmastime.