A letter to … the midwife who blew in with the snow at Christmas

We jumped when the doorbell rang. It was that time between Christmas and New Year when no one is around much anyway, but unexpectedly thick snow had cut us off from everyone and we had been on our own for two days. I remember your huge smile and bright red cheeks showing from underneath the furry hood of your parka as you stamped the ... Read More »

Don’t let tech ruin your Christmas – get these necessaries

A checklist for an angst-free Christmas filled with technology fun, to avoid the frustration of lacking a vital component Christmas is meant to be a time of joy, but if you lack the correct cable you could end up having a terrible time. Photograph: Martin Barraud/Ocean/Corbis Agadget-filled Christmas is one of the best types of holiday season, but when the ... Read More »

New Zealand government warns its citizens they may face arrest if they fly home for Christmas

AS IF Kiwis needed a reason not to cross the ditch this Christmas, they’ve just received an extraordinary warning from their government. Those New Zealanders who have not paid off their student loans are at risk of being arrested at the airport if they seek entry to their mother country. It seems tens of thousands of Kiwis that migrate to ... Read More »

How was your weekend running?

Fancy dress parkruns, races or just earning some more mince pies? Come and tell me about your weekend running below the line – and share your suggestions for the best running christmas presents. It’s very important to warm up muscles first before sitting in a sleigh for 12 hours Photograph: Luke Macgregor/REUTERS   Dear Father Christmas, I have done lots ... Read More »

Long Lines, High Hopes for Spain’s Huge Christmas Lottery

People line up along a street as they wait to buy lottery tickets in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015. Spaniards are taking advantage of unusually warm weather.   Spaniards are taking advantage of unseasonably warm weather and a “day of reflection” break in political campaigning ahead of a general election to buy tickets for the world’s richest lottery. Long ... Read More »

US Lobster Exports to Europe Are Down for Christmas Season

In this Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, photo, Jamie Lane packs live lobsters for overseas shipment at the Maine Lobster Outlet in York, Maine.   There will be fewer claws for Christmas in Europe this year. Less of the record lobster catches that have been a boon for the American fishing industry are making it onto European tables, where they have ... Read More »

This Family Lets People On The Internet Control Their Christmas Lights

Complete strangers are in control of the Christmas lights on this Alaska family’s home. People who visit at any time of night and day can control the decorations on Ken and Rebecca-Ellen Woods’ Fairbanks house. All they have to do is flick virtual switches to about a dozen different sets of LED lights lining the property’s windows, tree, wreaths and railings. ... Read More »

The Donald Trump Who Stole Christmas

It might be the Christmas season, but the ugliness of our national discourse has cast a shadow on the occasion. The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove wisely wrote recently: … many Christian sisters and brothers who worry about losing their identity in a pluralistic society call us to “Put the Christ back into Christmas.” But we ... Read More »

5 Takeaways from The Christmas Classic, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”

5 Takeaways from The Christmas Classic, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” Reindeer can be real a-holes. How else do you explain, “All of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names. They never let poor Rudolph join in any reindeer games?” Santa, you damn opportunist. Huh, jolly guy, why did it take “one foggy Christmas Eve” for you ... Read More »

Forecasters Are Dreaming of a Warm Christmas

Bad news, Bing Crosby. It’s unlikely anyone east of the Rocky Mountains will be getting a white Christmas this year, the Weather Channel reports. In fact, forecasts show many people will be having the warmest Christmas in their lifetime. “Warm as a lovely spring day,” is the phrase CityLab is using to describe Christmas for much of the eastern US, ... Read More »