Christmas

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…

Are you a ‘guilty gifter’? Don’t get sucked into pointless present-buying

28 November 2016 12:11

Cyber Monday. It’s an odd phrase, more likely to conjure apocalyptic visions of a Terminator-style machine invasion than a frenzied…

Why the John Lewis Christmas advert is a mess

10 November 2016 18:42

It used to be the Coca Cola advert that signalled Christmas was on its way. Holidays were coming, and Coke would…

How to have the most wonderful Christmas time: rein in your spending

17 October 2016 12:28

There’s always one. One colleague, friend or family member who starts banging on about Christmas months in advance. One smug…

War & Peace is actually just an upmarket Downton Abbey

6 January 2016 12:07

Gosh what a breath of fresh air was Andrew Davies’s War & Peace adaptation (BBC1, Sundays) after all the stale…

Spectator competition: Tips for writing ‘thanks, but no thanks’ letters

31 December 2015 10:10

The new year challenge was to compose a thank-you letter for a particularly unenjoyable Christmas visit to relatives that manages…

Dear Mary: How can I reassure a ‘terribly common’ host?

26 December 2015 19:00

From Nicky HaslamQ. Being considered something of a guru on the subject of things common, can you advise me how to…

I used to hate Christmas – until I spent it in hospital with my sick son

25 December 2015 12:00

Ever since my teens I’ve hated Christmas, but last year something happened which made me change my mind. On 20th…

Britain needs Christianity – just ask Alan Partridge

24 December 2015 18:26

Are we really, as David Cameron claimed in his Christmas message, a country shaped by ‘Christian values’? Yesterday’s Evening Standard poll…

Christmas tips from Jacob Rees-Mogg, Susan Hill and Alexander McCall Smith

24 December 2015 17:00

Jacob Rees-Mogg The three highlights of my Christmas are Midnight Mass at Downside Abbey, children tearing open their presents and…

Dear Mary: Nigel Slater asks how to seem grateful for bad presents

24 December 2015 13:00

From Nigel Slater Q. With each passing year (I am nearly 60, for heaven’s sake), I am finding it increasingly…

I love the commercialisation of Christmas

23 December 2015 16:23

I was in Toys R Us in Brent Cross the other day with my kids, pondering the true miracle of…

Christmas tips from Niall Ferguson and Annie Nightingale

23 December 2015 16:00

For the Spectator’s Christmas survey, we asked for some favourite seasonal rituals – and what to avoid at Christmas. Niall Ferguson Every Christmas —…

It’s time for the annual round of arguments with my sweet-natured wife

23 December 2015 10:00

The older I get, the more Scrooge-like I become. I’m dyspeptic, misanthropic, curmudgeonly, parsimonious and unsentimental. Caroline, by contrast, is…

Christmas tips from Tim Rice and Jilly Cooper

22 December 2015 18:00

For the Spectator’s Christmas survey, we asked for some favourite seasonal rituals – and what to avoid at Christmas. Tim Rice ‘Once In Royal…

Looking for a Christmas dinner starter? Try my crab and Gruyère soufflé

22 December 2015 14:00

Cooking the Christmas dinner is my job in our house. And I love it. All those courses and juggling of…