How to avoid Brexit at the Christmas dinner table

Don’t mention the B word: Flora Gill explains how to keep things cordial this Christmas

5 festive artworks to discover this Christmas

Gallery owner and former Christie’s Director Deborah Allan shares five festive paintings for Christmas

How to pull off black tie dressing

A gentleman’s guide for the winter party season

Have yourself a very royal Christmas

The royal traditions we should all be adopting this year

Five special cheeses for Christmas

Go for something more exciting than your usual stilton and cheddar

Recipe: nordic christmas gravlax

A surprisingly straightforward take on cured salmon

The best living nativities

Bring to life the events of the Christmas story with the help of these three nativities, all featuring live animals.

Christmas Dinner in a box

We investigate three hassle-free options for Christmas dinner

Recipe: Cheese Straws

The perfect nibble for the Christmas party season

This Christmas, I’m standing up to the likes of Joe Sugg and Zoella

The platitude is invariably: ‘Be yourself!’ Which sounds great – if ‘being yourself’ means buying her cosmetics, bath bombs and tatty handbags.

A vegan Christmas dinner done properly

How to rustle up a delicious, meat-free meal on Christmas Day

Amazon Echo Plus

Christmas 2018: The best new gadgets to buy

Toby Young on the latest hi-tech headphones and virtual assistants

The gift guide

Gems, gadgets, games and grooming gifts

Recipe: Christmas lebkuchen

One taste of German gingerbread and you’ll be hooked

For festive drinking, choose Christmas spirits

December is a great time of the year to rebel against what Kingsley Amis called ‘the tyranny of wine’

Christmas sandwiches 2018: the best and worst

This year’s festive offerings tasted and rated

Cigars: the ultimate gift guide

How to pick out the perfect cigar for the smoker in your life

Why brandy is the true spirit of Christmas

Plus a selection of the best brandies to sample this festive season

Perfect presents for foodies

The ultimate gift guide for keen cooks and enthusiastic gourmands

Go free range for turkey delight this Christmas

Olivia Potts visits one of Britain’s most outstanding turkey farms

The best hampers for Christmas 2017

Succulent ham, salted caramel sauce, and rare-breed pork salami… wicker baskets have never been so exotic

I love Advent – it’s the gentle waltz to Christmas excess

You owe it to your liver to prepare it for the onslaught to come

Ditch the kitsch and give your Christmas vol-au-vents a modern makeover

These ones, on a Middle Eastern theme, make the idea retro canapé

Where to get your skates on

The best ice rinks in Britain for Christmas 2017