christmas

The day to take down your Christmas tree

Christmas trees can light up a gloomy mood, especially when you help put it together. Photo: Pixabay Your guests loved your Christmas tree during the holidays, but now we are into the new year and some of your family members have asked when the tree will be taken down. Which makes you wonder, when is the right time to take ... Read More »

Pets find a new home for Christmas

Must love cats: Fauna is a 19-month-old cat at RSPCA Devonport. She can be a little timid but nothing a nice friendly home won’t sort out. Picture: Cordell Richardson All these rescue pets wanted for Christmas was a new family. Following The Advocate’s feature on the 12 dogs of Christmas and 12 Cats of Christmas, some lucky animals found their forever homes. At the ... Read More »

It’s Still Christmas in Armenia

The New Year marks the end of the holiday season in the United States, but in Armenia they are just getting started. There, first comes the New Year, then comes Christmas. New Year’s Eve kicks off two weeks of holidays during which Armenians celebrate Christ’s Nativity, his Baptism and the Epiphany. From December 31 to January 13, Armenian families visit family ... Read More »

‘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 »