Christmas

Christmas tips from Helen Lederer and David Cameron

21 December 2015 13:30

For the Spectator’s Christmas survey, we asked for some favourite seasonal rituals – and what to avoid at Christmas. Helen Lederer I enjoy the…

A heartwarming story of Christmas blackmail

21 December 2015 10:00

I thought you might enjoy a little parable for Christmas, so here goes… The boardroom clock said twelve minutes to…

Christmas tips from Dan Snow and Alain de Botton

20 December 2015 16:30

For the Spectator’s Christmas survey, we asked for some favourite seasonal rituals – and what to avoid at Christmas. Dan Snow My favourite thing…

Christmas tips from Clare Balding and John Rutter

19 December 2015 19:30

For the Spectator’s Christmas survey, we asked for some favourite seasonal rituals – and what to avoid at Christmas. Clare Balding I love a…

Even for an agnostic like me, there’s something magical about Christmas

19 December 2015 13:30

Every 6 January I breathe a sigh of relief as I take down and store the enormous number of Christmas…

The Spectator Christmas edition – full contents

19 December 2015 10:29

The Christmas issue of the Spectator is in the shops now, but if you don’t yet have a copy, here are the contents in…

Is Christmas really the right time for the church to ‘man up’?

16 December 2015 14:46

A vicar called Paul Eddy has argued, in the Oxford church newspaper, that carol services should be more manly. For…

Dear Mary: How can I remedy an insult to my bookshop customers?

15 December 2015 11:00

From Nicky Dunne, Heywood Hill bookshop Q. A much admired actor rang our bookshop to send a hardback copy of…

Coffee Shots: Merry Christmas from Jeremy Corbyn

14 December 2015 15:06

It’s happened. Jeremy Corbyn has released his annual Christmas card. The Labour leader has refrained from following the traditional MP format…

The Spectator Christmas Carol Service, in pictures

10 December 2015 14:47

Last night guests gathered at St Bride’s Church on Fleet Street for the Spectator’s annual Christmas concert. The St Bride’s Choir…

Coffee Shots: Merry Christmas from Nigel Evans, the deep-thinker

9 December 2015 11:41

Although Diane Abbott’s Christmas card efforts have been well-documented this year — with the Labour MP even finding time to…

The ten best home video releases of 2015

7 December 2015 16:00

‘Tis the season for end-of-year lists. Here is mine. It’s for the ten best home video releases of 2015; which…

Spare a thought for us choral singers during carol season

7 December 2015 15:38

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, and I’m sure you’re all looking forward to a damn fine sing-along…

David Cameron brings festive cheer to Scotland

1 December 2015 14:20

Of all the places across the United Kingdom where David Cameron can expect a lukewarm welcome, north of the border must…

Diane Abbott finds a novel way to spend heated PLP meeting

17 November 2015 11:43

Last night’s PLP meeting proved to be a lively affair as Jeremy Corbyn was turned on by members of the…

The best (and worst) of ballet and dance over Christmas

19 December 2014 15:50

The Nutcracker, English National Ballet, until 4 Jan *** The Little Match Girl, Lilian Baylis Studio, until 4 Jan ***** Edward Scissorhands, Sadler’s Wells, until 11 Jan *** Alice’s…

Yes, this Spectator Christmas card is a bit brutal. But so is the Christmas story

19 December 2014 13:25

‘What kind of message are you guys trying to send with that brutal Christmas card?’ asked my friend in the…

Chelsea fan Brocket dampens Arsenal’s Christmas

17 December 2014 17:23

It could be a bleak Christmas party for Arsenal Football Club on the 22 December, as Steerpike hears their planned festive bash…

We wish you a Merry Bin-mas, lots of love the Brighton Green Party

16 December 2014 10:59

I have been passed a snap of the Christmas tree inside Brighton and Hove’s Green Party run council building. Or…

Dear Mary: What would Mrs Fulford like for Christmas?

15 December 2014 11:00

From Francis Fulford Q. Have you any suggestions for what to give my wife for Christmas? She doesn’t want anything…