The Best and Worst Political Presents

From a stuffed kangaroo to the statue of liberty – political gifts are a diplomatic minefield

Christmas brings out the food snob in us all

Since when has straightforward Christmas dinner become so painfully unfashionable?

Recipe: Gingerbread Ham

A Christmas recipe whose festive flavours you will want to recreate year after year

The best West End shows to see this Christmas

Our take on the six best shows to catch while you still can

Woke Christmas gifts: a guide to virtue-giving

Forget toys and chocolate – it’s all about virtue this Christmas

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

Table Talk Podcast: Sophia Money-Coutts

Sophia Money-Coutts talks about her life through the lens of food, with Lara Prendergast and Vintage Chef Olivia Potts

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

Last-minute getaways for the New Year

Say hello to 2019 from the comfort of your very own houseboat, lighthouse or prison cell

The art of the wreath

How to dress your door this Christmas: from scrumping for laurel to garnishing with clementines

For Christmas markets with a twist, go Dutch

Discover a cave market and a floating market a train-ride away from Amsterdam

12 items to stockpile for a No-Deal Brexit

Quick! Forget the cans of beans and snap up your Iberico ham, Hermes scarves and French wine before the tariffs arrive.

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

Table Talk: Bryony Gordon on her life through food

The new Table Talk podcast features columnist at the Telegraph Bryony Gordon, author of Eat, Drink, Run.    She joins…

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

The best restaurants in Shoreditch

Head east for some of the capital’s finest places to eat

The best craft gins to buy

Britain’s favourite spirit comes in many fine forms