Christmas

The tweeness of religion in America

25 December 2018 8:13

Today’s Americans are extraordinarily twee about religion. On the one hand they print ‘In God We Trust’ on banknotes, insist…

Why does Britain have to shut down for Christmas?

25 December 2018 5:33

Christmas in Britain means misery not merriment. It’s why I prefer France, which doesn’t shut down lock, stock and bauble.…

How terror changed Europe’s Christmas markets

21 December 2018 10:30

The traditional Christmas market is one of the great sights in any European capital at this time of year. But…

Why do men love Christmas more than women?

21 December 2018 9:58

There’s a Christmas poem of mine, written in the 1980s, that ends with the line ‘And the whole business is…

Barometer: How much do we throw away over the Christmas period?

26 December 2017 8:30

Festive waste: How much do we throw away over the Christmas period? — 1 billion Christmas cards. — 83 sq…

The real meaning of Christmas

24 December 2017 16:00

Each Boxing Day my mother would take out her pen and pad, And estimate the cost price of those Christmas…

My Christmas party game comes with a Brexit veto

24 December 2017 12:00

Since it’s That Time Of Year, I have a quick parlour game suggestion: ‘Copy & Paste’. At any time during…

Feeling lonely at Christmas? Me too

24 December 2017 8:00

In Dumas’ great novel, The Count of Monte Cristo, Edmond Dantès was condemned to life imprisonment in the notorious Chateau…

A very Guardian Christmas: decorate a tree branch

23 December 2017 17:28

Christmas – the season of goodwill, turkey, tinsel and general over-indulgence. Except that is, if you work at the Guardian. With…

My childhood horror of a warm Christmas

23 December 2017 10:30

As a child, I had a horror of the idea of Christmas in a hot place. Somebody told me that…

Christmas splurge: How much extra do households spend at Christmas?

20 December 2017 9:00

Christmas splurge How much extra do households spend at Christmas? — £500, according to the Bank of England. Over the course of…

The Queen should force her unmarried relatives to corridor creep this Christmas

17 December 2017 11:53

Thank God for the proprieties. This magazine’s editor, Fraser Nelson, rattled a few score Anglicans today when he declared in…

Not to be a Scrooge – but I don’t want to spend £75 on an advent calendar

29 November 2017 18:32

It’s not even December, and already it’s almost impossible to read a personal finance article that doesn’t include the words…

Labour’s Christmas attack

17 November 2017 17:57

Christmas is meant to be the season of goodwill. Alas, no-one at Labour HQ appears to have got the memo.…

Billions are wasted each year on unwanted xmas presents, but you can do something useful with that ugly jumper

29 December 2016 10:00

Unwanted Christmas gifts have always been part and — excuse the pun — parcel of the festive season, whether it’s…

The wartime origins of Carols from King’s

24 December 2016 18:17

Christmas, for many people, began at exactly 3 p.m today, Christmas Eve. The moment when everything stops, frantic present-wrapping, mince-pie making and…

Who invented Santa Claus?

24 December 2016 9:00

Santa Claus ate Father Christmas. It happened quite suddenly. Well, it took about a decade, but that’s suddenly in cultural…

Season’s beatings: A barrister’s guide to a busy Christmas

22 December 2016 9:00

My colleagues at the commercial and chancery bar are all at their chalets in Gstaad, funded by the endless fees…

Why you’re not too broke to be charitable this Christmas

21 December 2016 10:52

My mother is a good woman. But on being greeted by a charming golden retriever, a shaking red bucket and…

Don’t give in to New Year fad diets and fitness – they’re a waste of money

15 December 2016 12:22

It’s not long now until Christmas Day, that cherished time of year when we don our elasticated pants, break the…

Watch: Labour MPs release their ‘National Living Rage’

15 December 2016 11:30

Oh dear. Just in case there weren’t enough novelty Christmas songs out there, brains at Labour have decided it is…

Guardian fails to get in the Christmas spirit

13 December 2016 12:13

In the past year, the Guardian has declared tea-drinkers to possess ‘the worst possible English trait, up there with colonialism‘, HP…

Shoppers: know your rights this Christmas

9 December 2016 12:18

Time moves on so quickly and now here we are again – it’s the month when many people are focused on…

Waiting for the delivery that never comes? You’re not alone

8 December 2016 12:27

Unless you work from home or are blessed with an understanding employer who offers flexible hours, waiting in for a…

There’s no shame in being a Santa Scrooge

5 December 2016 11:52

In another world, I would sit down at the beginning of December with a notepad and pen and make a…