Hit by heavy rain and flooding, fewer shoppers headed out in the north of England than in any other region
There are lots of people living on a financial knife-edge for all sorts of reasons, says Simon Read
Alison recently had an argument with her boyfriend over a ready-meal carbonara
Nations including Russia, Ukraine and Ethiopia observe the Julian Calendar, currently 13 days behind the Gregorian
Warren Howard's mum doesn't want her son to look like a "thug" or a "footballer" or "Yul Brynner"
Marcus Berkmann got fewer cards this Christmas than last. So did everyone he knows. An ancient seasonal custom is slowly shrinking into non-existence...
Your body has methods for dealing with one too many roast potatoes...
You don't have to get to a gym pronto
Bags of patience and an unquenchable enthusiasm for Christmas are highly desirable
Despite the hard work in the Christmas run-up, Downing Street's tree supplier Hans Alexandersen still enjoys the big day
Here are the origins of some of the words you've almost certainly said or heard in the past few days
Marcus Sedgwick concludes his festive short story, a tale of a mysterious disappearance on the shortest day of the year
The charts also feature appearances from Wham!, Shakin' Stevens, and Michael Bublé
Why look back on a year so saturated with suffering and atrocity? Because, says John Walsh, on close inspection you’ll find reasons for hope and laughter as well
Marcus Berkmann is writing this before Christmas, so he has no idea what he will receive, but he's got his fingers crossed
Be a bit imaginative and you can create some great dishes that look – and more importantly taste – like they have been made with the utmost thought and planning, says our chef