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

The perfect Christmas dinner place settings

Dressing the table for Christmas celebrations is as important as the menu and the guest list, here are some ways to set the right toneFestive

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

Choose the right Christmas tree for your home

Christmas starts with a tree, but choosing the right one can be a minefield. We look at the best choices whether it is traditional, imitation

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

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

Top book gifts for Christmas 2016

Take a leaf out of our book, re-issued classics, colouring books and biographies are set to be big hits again this Christmas. There’s

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,

The 20 biggest-selling Christmas number 1s of all-time

Love 'em or loathe 'em, there's just no escaping Christmas songs at this time of year. But have you ever wondered what are the biggest-selling

EXCLUSIVE: interview with Lapland’s Santa Claus

What do you really know about Santa Claus? Sure he’s got a white beard, wears a red suit and likes giving toys but what really makes

The 12 myths of Christmas

 We all love the traditions of the festive season, but how much of the Christmas story is based on fact? Read on... Jesus was born

Christmas traditions around the world

Ah, the traditional British Christmas.... you know how it is. On Christmas Eve, the stockings go up and the kids are early to bed. Some time