christmas

‘Not another Best Teacher mug’ – what teachers really want for Christmas

As festive tokens of appreciation they are all happily received. But the Christmas presents teachers get from pupils and parents can range from the obvious to the totally random. As parents shop for gifts and the end of term approaches, we asked Manchester’s hard-working teachers to tell us the presents they get, the presents they’d love to get – and ... Read More »

A foodie Christmas gift guide for every wallet

£10 and under From pickles to piquant mayonnaise and citrussy yuzu ponzu, a tenner can buy quite the array of stocking fillers for the hungry and handy in the kitchen … FacebookTwitterPinterest Sauce Shop chipotle mayo, £3.50, sauce-shop.co.uk  Sabo organic Japanese teas, £5, momosanshop.com  Eddington’s lemon squeezer, £10, boroughkitchen.com FacebookTwitterPinterest Paperchase monkey puzzle snack box set, £4, selfridges.com FacebookTwitterPinterest March Jollypops in three flavours, £6.50 each, twentytwenty one.com FacebookTwitterPinterest Horn egg spoon, £7.50, labourandwait.co.uk FacebookTwitterPinterest Newton and Pott gin-pickled cucumber, £5.99 a ... Read More »

The best Christmas days out 2017

LONDON Skate at Somerset House A visit to the ice rink in Somerset House’s grand courtyard is a classic winter day out in the capital. There is also a skate late event, with musical takeovers from the likes of Peckham’s Balamii radio and Field Day festival founder and promoter Eat Your Own Ears. • To 14 Jan 2018, from £7.50 for standard skate session, ... Read More »

Why This Priest Wants to Stop Using the Word “Christmas” and Replace It with Another

If you think Christmas has become largely about stressful gift-giving and a nearly two-month-long Christmas sales season, with little of Christ and his message, you are not alone. A Catholic priest from Ireland called on Christians to accept that they have “lost Christmas,” urging them to abandon the word completely. Why? Father Desmond O’Donnell believes that the word has lost ... Read More »

Don’t let Thanksgiving get crowded out by ‘Christmas creep’

Homemade Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner with All the Sides  (bhofack2) Americans know how to end the year right. As the days get shorter and the weather colder, we celebrate the Big Three — Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, each with its own food, colors and emotions. Which is why I was a little disturbed when I went to the mall about a ... Read More »

Putting Christmas decorations up early makes you happier

In our stressful lives we have few opportunities to feel truly irresponsible AFP/Getty Images People who begin Christmas celebrations early are happier according to scientists. Apparently, those of us who wheel out the Christmas tree as soon as the bonfire embers diminish are much happier and excited about life. Psychoanalyst, Steve McKeown, told Unilad: “Although there could be a number of symptomatic reasons why ... Read More »

All the Songs on Sia’s New Christmas Album, Ranked

I know what you’re thinking: It’s not even Thanksgiving yet! It’s too early for a Christmas album! Maybe that’s why Sia decided to call hers Everyday Is Christmas, to get ahead of the Christmas-in-November criticisms. (And yes, the title should probably  be “every day,” not “everyday,” but let’s not be grammatical Grinches about this.) As she explained in an interview with Zane Lowe, Sia ... Read More »

How to Spend Christmas Solo

Contrary to the contrarybelief, spending Christmas alone doesn’t have to be the worst thing ever. Even though you prefer the trimmings, traditional Christmas turkey, and being with the people you love, it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy spending it alone. What if you are working all the way through Christmas in a media buyer Canada and you can’t make ... Read More »

Sainsbury’s drops ‘Christmas ad specials’ for festive singalong

Sainsbury’s is moving away from one-off ‘Christmas ad specials’, instead extending its ‘Living Well’ campaign into Christmas but giving it a festive flavour. The campaign, ‘Every Bit of Christmas’, centres around an upbeat festive song written specifically for the ad that talks to the best aspects of Christmas from pigs in blankets to novelty socks and Brussels sprouts. Created by ... Read More »

City ready to welcomes biggest Christmas tree

TOWERING at more than 10m high and complete with a 1.7m star will be the city’s largest Christmas tree. The tree will be unveiled as part of the free Christmas in the CBD celebrations later this month to officially bring the festive spirit to Toowoomba. FESTIVE CHEER: Ready for Christmas in the CBD are (from left) Michael Talbot as Spiderman, ... Read More »