How to track Santa Claus on Christmas Eve

With less than 24 hours left til the man in red comes through your chimney, kids are now able to track Santa, his reindeer and his sleigh online. The company behind it all, NORAD, is usually monitoring any aerospace or marine threats. But they take the day off for Christmas Eve and Christmas to bring a live location feed of Santa and ... Read More »

Christians in Bethlehem mark Christmas amid violence

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal, center, arrives at the Church of the Nativity, built atop the site where Christians believe Jesus Christ was born, on Christmas Eve, in the West Bank City of Bethlehem, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)   Christian faithful from around the world descended Thursday on the biblical city of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve ... Read More »

Archbishop of York’s Christmas message calls for compassion

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu   IN a festive message to Press readers, the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu calls for compassion. Last month, I was privileged to preach to two thousand people in Blackpool Tower Ballroom at a mission event called ‘Light in Darkness’. It was amazing! Outside, the famous Blackpool Illuminations lit up the sky, ... Read More »

How to Get the Christmas Spirit

Having trouble getting into the spirit of Christmas? We have the solution for you: Whitley Strieber’s wonderful little book The Christmas Spirits. In his Journal, he writes: “When I wrote The Christmas Spirits, I was not really speculating, but rather trying to portray a level of being that I believe is entirely real, and to describe its interaction with us ... Read More »

Somalia bans Christmas celebrations

Somalia’s government has banned the celebration of Christmas, warning that such Christian festivities could threaten the nation’s Muslim faith. “Those celebrations are not in any way related to Islam,” an official at the religious affairs ministry said. Security agencies have been directed to stay alert to stop any gatherings. Foreigners are free to mark the Christian holiday in their own ... Read More »

White Christmas off and UK ice rinks melt in mild December weather

The Tower Of London ice rink was closed on Wednesday because of high winds and unseasonably warm weather. Photograph: Getty Images The mildest start to December for years has seen larger sprouts than usual, early daffodils and now melting ice rinks. Colchester Winter Wonderland and Ice Rink, which opened 25 days ago but has been unable to function on six ... Read More »

2015 Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

Don’t fret if you forgot a Christmas gift for those on your list. There are plenty of good options still available and many of them can be found within walking distance from your home or apartment! 1. Pharmacies You can buy a range of candy, food cosmetics and other beauty products at the local drug store or grocery store. Burt’s ... Read More »

Christmas dinner ‘to cost less in 2015’

Cooking up a festive feast is going to be cheaper this year, and many of the key ingredients are selling at the lowest prices seen for years. Fresh turkey and Brussels sprouts are the cheapest they’ve been since 2011. Stuffing, Christmas pudding and mince pies are all selling, on average, for less this year than last. So consumers can feel ... Read More »

Christmas ban to be strictly enforced in Brunei after sharia law introduced

The Sultan of Brunei announced the first phase of sharia law during a speech in 2013.   There are no tinsel-laden trees or Santa hats this year in the oil-rich sultanate of Brunei, where Christmas celebrations have been banned under a recent shift towards hardline Islamic law. The all-powerful Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, one of the world’s richest men, announced last ... Read More »

Nigel Slater’s quick Christmas roast recipe

A pair of partridges: Nigel Slater’s quick Christmas roast recipe. Photograph: Jonathan Lovekin for the Observer The recipe Set the oven at 200C/gas mark 6. Wash 350g of Jerusalem artichokes, slice them in half lengthways then put them in a roasting tin. Cut 3 large banana shallots into quarters then add them to the artichokes. Tuck in 8 sprigs of ... Read More »