Christmas 2010

The 10 Best mince pies

Starting to fill up the cupboards for the Christmas hordes? Get started with a few boxes of these buttery treats...

The 10 Best slippers

Don’t turn the heating up – pop on a pair of slippers and keep your feet warmer than toast this winter

The ten best stationery items

Whether it’s a thank-you card to Auntie Joan or an RSVP for a New Year’s Eve bash, you’ll need some neat notelets to send your seasonal messages...

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Digital detox: Why I pulled the plug on my family

Computer screens flickering. Televisions blaring. Games consoles bleeping. Our homes have become dominated by electronic equipment. So Susan Maushart decided it was time to give herself – and her children – a digital detox

Fingers on the buzzer! The IoS bumper Boxing Day quiz of 2010

Who could forget Gaga's gory frock, the X Factor talent, or spring's very strange political liaison (and we don't mean the coalition). Matthew Bell tests your knowledge of the news, people and stinging insults that make the past 12 months a time to remember. (Answers at the bottom of the page)

Telescopes: Eyes on the skies

The surprise must-have on this year's Christmas lists isn't a hi-tech toy, it's a telescope. Paul McKenzie finds out why children and stargazing are natural partners

My name is Peter and I'm a believer

George Carey may be telling Christians not to be ashamed, but devout Catholic Peter Stanford always worried that if he went public, he'd come across as a nutter. Now, he believes, it's time to lose his inhibitions

The ten best party snacks

Forget Twiglets and bridge rolls, the smartest Christmas gatherings have delicious and original nibbles. Here’s our selection of the best.