christmas 2011

From South Korea to Sri Lanka, people are preparing to celebrate Christmas all over the world. In the birthplace of Jesus
I guess Father Christmas must feel this way when he puts on the red coat and climbs into his sleigh. I am talking about the warm glow that returns seasonally once a year when BBCMusic Entertainment get out the glitter cannons and the reindeer hats and send for the neon signs that say 'TOP OF THE POPS'.
Yes, I am one of those unfortunate few along with the likes of Sir Isaac Newton, Annie Lennox and Quentin Crisp who were born on Christmas Day - at 10am, to be precise. And I possibly haven't stopped moaning about it since.
As the fifth round robin drops through my letter box, I wonder if I can go on. The tirade of middle class exposition never seems to cease.
I'll toast a notional glass of fizz any day, but being prevented from eating another pig-in-a-blanket by any reason other than sheer food-based gluttony? Ridiculous. There's no way a house double vodka and being bored by one's old lab partner is going to get in the way of my festive feeding.
What was the star? Only the Wise Men saw it 2000 years ago, but if you solve the clues then anyone with a computer and a simple starmap program can witness the Star of Bethlehem, just as it hung over the dusky midnight skies of the first noel.
The history of Hanukkah should be a reminder to all of us, that although revolutions may be inevitable, it is of greater importance to know what will happen after the revolutions. Human hope, symbolized by the lone candle glowing in the dark, requires respect for the supreme value of the life of every human being and the right of any group to religious freedom.
This Christmas, it's not just the turkey that's stuffed to capacity. The roads, trains and buses will be jam-packed with travellers. The causes of congestion are numerous: bad weather, accidents, last-minute shoppers or tourists, but the underlying reality is that the UK's infrastructure is struggling to cope with demand.
During the Christmas party season there's one man who's simply been everywhere. Which got us wondering; is Santa the world's
A family are looking forward to Christmas after their new baby was delivered by the roadside by two police community support
Two suspected thieves were arrested when they walked into a pub where police were holding their Christmas party. While celebrating
Britain is heading for a mild Christmas, with parts of Scotland expected to enjoy the most unseasonably warm weather. Eastern
Council officials making preparations for a crash landing by Santa's present-laden sleigh this weekend could have to reveal
George Michael has been released from hospital in Vienna and will be able to celebrate Christmas at home, Austria's state
Yes, my birthday is two days before Christmas. Not even remarkable enough to be Christmas Eve or the actual day itself. Oh no. It's the last 'normal' day before the big event. The world and his wife are Christmas shopping, arguing in Debenhams about what size pyjamas to buy Auntie Pat.
Over my years in the industry, I've noticed that the baby-related-headline count spikes at Christmas. Is it a sentimentality thing? Is it a Baby Jesus thing? Who knows. It's creepy, anyhow.
As we Western liberals reflect on the unshackling of thousands from life under dictatorship this year, our glee merely covers our own seasonal devotion to a charismatic and powerful despot: the self-styled 'Father Christmas'.
During the holiday season dinning rooms really come into their own as we host friends and family to celebrate the season. Here are a few of my tips on how to host an amazing dinner using items in your own home that brings out the best of your dinning space.
Christmas can be a tough time for pets, but this year animals are particularly vulnerable. Household finances are tight resulting
The cost of ingredients for this year's Christmas dinner has risen by £7.50 since 2010, official figures have shown