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On a recent trip to Paris, I noticed that the French are really quite tardy about taking down their Christmas decorations. I can't speak for the private homes of individuals, but in the streets, there they were, twinkling on against January's grey skies.

Jim Armitage: Saying 'bah, humbug' to suppliers is not good business

Outlook What a pity to see Debenhams turning itself into Scrooge & Marley's counting house just a week before Christmas. But well done to the markets for smelling a rat.

Benefit cuts, shrinking pay packets and the rise in the cost of groceries have been cited as reasons for the rising demand for emergency help

We must not normalise food banks. Their proliferation is a mark of shame on this country

Ministers refuse to acknowledge the depth and scale of the crisis

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Tis the season to be lazy: 10 things you say you're going do this Christmas but never will

The road to hell is paved with good intentions, especially at Christmas

Bottling it up: 'Kirstie's Crafty Christmas'

Kirstie's Crafty Christmas, Channel 4 - TV review

Sorry to spoil the party, but Kirstie's festive offering was a bit of a turkey

"The scariest experience of my life": Young woman left in shock after fairground ride falls apart while 200ft in the air

The 23-year-old clung to the ropes of the "Star Flyer" ride at a Christmas fair in Edinburgh

10 best last minute crafty Christmas gifts

There's still time to snap up a crafty gift for Christmas that will look great and keep little ones busy in the holidays

David Moyes trudges off after defeat

'Oh no he didn't!' - David Moyes cancels Manchester United Christmas pantomime

United boss cancels panto in favour of speech

Quiz: How much do you know about Christmas number ones?

Sam Bailey has been crowned the winner of X Factor 2013, but ever since Rage Against the Machine raged against the Cowell machine (in terms of Christmas sales), it’s not the guaranteed number one spot it was only a few years ago.

The eight most annoying things about Christmas for students

From essay deadlines to heating bills, is it really the most wonderful time of the year?

Brian Griffin lives!

Brian Griffin returns: Cartoon dog back from the dead in Family Guy Christmas episode

Spoiler alert: The much-loved pet was revived with the help of Stewie

In with the New for Sam Twiston-Davies

Cheltenham's International meeting lived up to its name at the weekend by attracting runners from France and Germany but had to go little further than the next village for its principal victors, The New One and Double Ross, trained and ridden by Nigel Twiston-Davies and his son, Sam.

Why do we get so trollied at Christmas?

The British attitude to drunkenness still baffles me, especially at this time of year

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