Gift of giving means Christmas cheer will come to Sunderland’s homeless

Kindhearted strangers have helped bring Christmas cheer to those less fortunate on Wearside.

Courtney’s touching words earn her a Dear Santa prize

Brave Oliver wins our Dear Santa competition

Struggling for a Christmas present for your Gran? Take her for a meal or to the theatre

Recycle this Christmas

Do your bit this Christmas and make sure you recycle what you can Huge amounts of packaging and paper go to into the wrapping and delivering

Christmas decorations can create a winter wonderland at home

From retro decorations to those inspired by the latest interior trends, we take a look at how to turn your home into a winter wonderland this

Having fun across the board with games this Christmas

Are you game for a laugh or determined to win? We have tips either wayWe all love a board game at Christmas, don’t we? But after a few

Keeping safe at Christmas

Avoid common Christmas health hazards this year with this guide to staying safeWith the Christmas meal usually involving several saucepans

Duck Christmas tradition with a different bird as your centrepiece

Duck is a great festive alternative to turkey... and has fewer calories and fat than chickenDuck is a fantastic dish and a great festive alternative

Try this seasonal recipe: Shredded sprout salad three ways by Gizzi Erskine

Brussels sprouts often get a bad name, but Gizzi Erskine, author of Season’s Eatings, is determined to put the quintessential Christmas

Take the stress out of the Christmas food prep

Kirstie Paton looks at the best ready prepared seasonal food dishes available in store this yearTo start Waitrose Treacle Smoked Salmon, £4.99

What’s in your Christmas meal?

The festive season poses a risk of overindulgence for some of us. Nutritionist Natasha Alonzi tells Sofiane Kennouche how the traditional Christmas

Embrace Scandinavian men's fashion styles this winter

It’s not so grim up north, earn from the best and in these warm and practical yet on trend men's stylesWarm Jumpers   

Try Northern climes for winter fashion inspiration

The fashion houses keep returning to Scandinavia for winter inspiration, but there’s more to the Nordic countries than dodgy Christmas

Practical magic, the cutest kids clothes under the tree this Christmas

When kids’ clothing doesn’t put comfort first it’s a recipe for complaints. Check out these stylish outfits that don’t

Be a man about town this Christmas opulent style

A  luxury style to keep you a class apart this winter The Suit Silver grey trousers, £29.99, Silver grey two tone blazer

Royal Mail Christmas posting dates - make sure your cards arrive on time!

It’s not just Santa who spreads festive cheer at Christmas time, Royal Mail does too!Posties deliver millions of cards and

Make this Christmas virtualy perfect with these top gadgets

Whether you’re eyeing up something retro inspired or cutting edge, tech a look at the gadgets set to go down a storm this yearThe music

Teen Christmas gifts to lighten the mood

Older kids (or young at heart grown-ups) can be a challenge to buy for at the best of times. Strike the right tone with these  presentsPlush Pusheen

Great Christmas gifts for the green-fingered gardener

Let it grow, let it grow, let it grow Glass terrariumsTent Mirrored Base Terrarium, £16.00 and  Peak Mirrored Base Terrarium,

Nine festive musical facts

With the whole family gathering to watch telly, have a singsong or indulge in some post-pud quizzes, what better time to impress everyone with

Ten festive gingerbread houses that look good enough to eat

Ultimate Christmas Villains

Forget rockin’ around the Christmas tree with this lot, you’re more likely to find this dodgy line up stealing your presents rather