Family arguments are incredibly common over the festive season. Christmas is a time for love, joy and for a lot of people, the occasional screaming argument with a family member over the dinner table. According to data published by YouGov, one in three Brits (29%) think it’s likely they’ll have an argument with their family at some point during Christmas.
Shopping for Christmas presents is no mean feat, but once you’ve done that, another task arises: wrapping the things. When it comes to tasks, preparation is key, and gift-wrapping is no different. Before you begin the process, ensure you have everything you need, says gift wrapping expert Jane Means, whose clients include Harrods and Dior.
Christmas lunch isn’t all about roast turkey and pigs in blankets with all the trimmings, there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan-friendly recipes to make a festive, belly-busting feast.
If you've ever had qualms about the size of regular pigs in blankets, this is your year. M&S has launched a foot-long version of the festive classic. Marks and Spencer has joined other supermarkets like Asda and Aldi by adding the extended creation to its line of Christmas treats.
From hard-to-kill plants to the game sure to keep your grandma from nodding off on the sofa, look no further for this year's most coveted stocking fillers.
Christmas is a time for celebrating, and enjoying food with friends and family remains one of the best ways to do so. As any turophile, or cheese lover, will attest, cheese is a good idea any time of year, but all good festive feasts call for a cheese board. For many people, Christmas has long been the ultimate occasion for over-indulging.
Researchers who polled 2,000 adults found six in 10 have at some point messed up the main Christmas meal. Over-cooking the carrots, burning the treasured pigs in blankets and ending up with soggy roast potatoes also featured in the top 20 list. It was revealed the average person will cater for around five people at Christmas time and four in 10 admitted they are worse at cooking if there are additional people watching them.
From Veja trainers to Stella McCartney lingerie, these are the sustainable pressies we hope to find under the Christmas tree this year.
Christmas comes around quickly every year – and with the stonking summer we’ve just had, this year it seems to have arrived even faster than ever.
Ever wondered why Christmas pudding is known as plum pudding, despite its lack of plums? The cider and sherry keeps things on the stronger side – all the better for it, in our opinion, but one to avoid if you wince at too much liquor.
Beer is an easy Christmas gift. So long as your recipient likes the stuff then a trip to the supermarket booze section will yield no end of giftable cans and bottles. But for maximum gratitude it’s worth putting a little more effort into your purchase. You could consider a big bottle of one of the limited edition
Jo Malone, Liberty London, Elemis and Charlotte Tilbury are just some of the leading beauty brands who are serving up advent calendars this year.