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Christmas: a Biography review – ‘a feast of illusions’

Christmas in the US in the 1950s. It is only recently that the season has become a celebration of domesticity. Photograph: H. Armstrong Roberts/Getty Images One Christmas Day in the 1780s a London woman was murdered. Her husband testified that he had not the smallest recollection of where he had been that day because “he was so much in liquor”. Nothing unusual ... Read More »

Your 10-week plan to prepare for Christmas

The first mentions of Christmas are creeping into retail marketing, and for many Australians that signals unbridled spending and a January spent worrying how to pay-off the credit cards. But try thinking about it this way: you now have 10 weeks to get your act together and make a plan to get through Christmas without creating a debt headache. Costs: the ... Read More »

Christmas has come early for the high street

Some shoppers have been searching early for Christmas bargains, department stores reportedJACK TAYLOR/GETTY IMAGES Things could be looking up for Britain’s retailers as the UK high street recorded its best September sales performance in five years. Figures from BDO show that overall like-for-like sales were up 2.9 per cent, reflecting the best monthly growth since April 2014. BDO said that ... Read More »

How Universal Studios Hollywood will celebrate Christmas

Although Universal Studios Hollywood is in the thick of its annual Halloween Horror Nights, the park has announced less scary and more heartwarming plans for the 2017 holiday season. Both Universal Studios and Universal CityWalk will be transformed into a magical wonderland the day after Thanksgiving when “Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will open to the public on ... Read More »

John Lewis has unveiled the top 10 toys for Christmas 2017… and they could just break the bank

IT’S only September and it might seem too soon to mention the C-word but there are only 90 shopping days to Christmas. Not surprisingly, those festive folk at John Lewis are already on the case – and they’ve unveiled their list of the top ten toys for the 2017 market. GETTY – CONTRIBUTOR   What will the kids be unwrapping ... Read More »

A ZOMBIE CHRISTMAS MOVIE MUSICAL IS COMING AND LOOKS INSANE

Thanks to Die Hard, it’s become perfectly acceptable for an action film to also be a great Christmas movie. But action only goes so far, and today’s fans need more from their cinema experience. Perhaps some singing and Christmas zombies could brighten up the tired holiday movie genre. Amazingly, this movie already exists. Anna and the Apocalypse is almost everything we love wrapped up ... Read More »

Christmas is more popular search term than the new iPhone – and it’s only September

The festive season beat other contenders for most searched term, including ‘curtains’ and ‘lingerie’ Selfridges The summer holidays may barely be over, but thousands of Brits are already thinking about Christmas, according to the latest data from two of the country’s biggest retailers. “Christmas” was the biggest search term on the John Lewis website in the week ending 10 September, beating ... Read More »

How many days until Christmas day 2017? The festive countdown to December 25 is ON

WE’RE already more than halfway through the year and soon enough, the country will start gearing up for the festive season. It’s never too soon to start stocking up on decorations and presents, in fact sometimes doing it early can save you money – and you’ve got plenty of time, with Christmas 2017 100 DAYS away… GETTY IMAGES   Starting preparations early ... Read More »

This pretty Christmas light trail is coming to Birmingham

Birmingham Botanical Gardens is set to be transformed into a winter wonderland with a Christmas light trail. This special festive event will light up the trees and glasshouses with a sparkling path that will wind its way through the gardens. Look out for glittering trees, giant crystals, a carol-singing cedar coppice and a flickering fire garden stop for a kiss ... Read More »

‘Stop having sex at Christmas’: Exhausted midwife begs couples to refrain during the festive season – because it leads to a surge in September births

It seems a little early for a Christmas appeal. But one midwife has asked people to refrain from having sex during the season of goodwill after a spike in babies born this month. September is traditionally a busy time for maternity units, coming nine months after the frivolities. London-based midwife Mhairi Maharry, 33, took to social media to jokingly ask ... Read More »