Christmas

Yes, Bob Geldof, Africans know it’s Christmas. Do you know it’s time to pack Band Aid in?

19 November 2014 10:19

In this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow, our leading article looks at the Band Aid 30 single and why it’s time for Bob…

Rest in peace: seven ways to stop snoring this Christmas

17 November 2014 15:50

Did you know that snoring was bad for your heart? It’s thought to cause changes in the carotid artery and…

Christmas comes but once a week

27 December 2013 11:00

In the 2 December 1995 edition, Digby Anderson bemoans a Britain in which people just cannot postpone any pleasure: not…

A Charm against Indigestion

26 December 2013 11:00

Soothe your post-Christmas dinner indigestion with these readers’ charms, dug out from the spell-book that is the 24th December 1954…

Auberon Waugh’s Christmas Sermon

25 December 2013 11:00

Writing in the 23 December 1966 edition of The Spectator, Auberon Waugh considers the role of Christianity, in all its…

Christmas Eve special: Susan Hill reads The Boy on the Hillside

24 December 2013 12:20

Every Christmas, The Spectator runs a short story but for the first time this year we’re having it read —…

Mrs Hanrahan’s sauce: a delicious way to a happy Christmas

24 December 2013 10:12

The prospects for peace on earth to men of goodwill – the original Christmas present — look a little slim…

The perils of dressing – and undressing – for parties

23 December 2013 17:10

I recall a male friend telling me about an encounter he once had with Bindy Lambton, the eccentric estranged wife…

Russell Brand’s Christmas sermon

23 December 2013 11:00

He is the corpulent, gluttonous apotheosis of our hegemonic hierarchical hypocrisy, peddling the shimmering mirage of materialistic cupidity to the…

Archive: Jeffrey Bernard’s Christmas Low Life

21 December 2013 11:00

In this festive Low Life column from the 19 December 1981 edition of The Spectator, Jeffrey Bernard talks us through…

PMQs: a triumph for David Cameron, aided by Ed ‘turkey’ Balls

18 December 2013 14:16

A Prime Minister can leave PMQs happy if he’s sent his troops off for Christmas in a good mood. Today…

CofE takes aim at payday lenders. But what about the banks?

17 December 2013 13:16

Does Christmas have to start with a payday loan? No, according to the Church of England. The Church has unveiled…

In praise of consumerism at Christmas

17 December 2013 9:06

It’s about this time of year – the darkest days of winter – when we traditionally get those newspaper articles…

British households are still overwhelmed by debt

20 November 2013 14:30

Despite ‘the age of austerity’, Britain still has a debt problem. That’s the conclusion of a new report from the…

Christmas lights are not the answer to expensive energy

18 November 2013 17:24

It’s tough in Scotland. Faced with the prospect of a bitingly cold winter, fuel poverty and abandoning the Union, some…

Poinsettias are just one victim of the energy crisis. Who’ll be next?

15 November 2013 13:32

‘For millions of families’, the Telegraph reports today, poinsettia ‘is as much a festive favourite as turkey and Christmas trees’. Which…

Ho ho no

6 November 2013 11:51

Parents who have taken their little angels to see Father Christmas in his grotto at Selfridges got a shock: he’s…

Washing up is therapeutic and dishwashers are socialist

26 December 2012 10:00

It’s Boxing Day. Your kitchen worktops are groaning under piles of plates, roasting dishes, pans and champagne glasses. If you’re…

Happy Christmas

25 December 2012 12:29

A merry Christmas to all of you; the sane and the troubled, the humorous and the witless, the rural and…

Guns and tinsel: Christmas 1940

25 December 2012 12:26

White Christmas, a wartime Christmas no1, sold an distinctly American vision of yuletide bliss. The below video shows what Britain…