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5 things to remember to avoid festive food poisoning

5 things to remember to avoid festive food poisoning

More than two-thirds (66 per cent) of Brits will tuck into a turkey dinner this Christmas according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), but

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Nail the dinner table chit chat with these 20 weird and wonderful Christmas facts

Nail the dinner table chit chat with these 20 weird and wonderful Christmas facts

A very American ChristmasDid you know Christmas was once illegal in the USA? In Colonial America, the Puritans of New England disapproved of

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Be careful what you feed your pet this Christmas, warn vets

Be careful what you feed your pet this Christmas, warn vets

Roast turkey, pigs in blankets, cheese boards, prawn cocktail and mince pies – Christmas is the most gluttonous time of the year.And

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Here’s what to do if someone gives you a rubbish Christmas present

Here’s what to do if someone gives you a rubbish Christmas present

No matter your age, there is nothing like unwrapping presents on Christmas morning. But picture the scene: instead of unwrapping the gift to

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Why volunteering is the best present you can give this Christmas

Why volunteering is the best present you can give this Christmas

Jan Cox has discovered the secret of the perfect old-fashioned Christmas – giving the gift of her time.She’s among the one in five

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Three ways to avoid being lonely this Christmas

Three ways to avoid being lonely this Christmas

Andrea Wigfield, University of Sheffield and Sarah Alden, University of SheffieldAs the population ages and growing numbers of people are living

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If I eat an entire pack of mince pies, will I be over the drink drive limit?

If I eat an entire pack of mince pies, will I be over the drink drive limit?

Asda hit the headlines last month after it was revealed staff members insisted shoppers prove they were over the age of 18 before they were

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How to behave on your office Christmas party

How to behave on your office Christmas party

If you thought your boss might cancel the office Christmas party, what would you do?Now, most people’s thoughts on that might be ‘bah,

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Six things to think about when choosing your Christmas tree

Six things to think about when choosing your Christmas tree

As Christmas trees arrive in garden centres, expert David Mitchell offers advice to those who only have a small space for a real

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Six of the best – Toys of the 60s/70s

Six of the best – Toys of the 60s/70s

As we approach Christmas, in the first of a three-part series, we look at popular toys from down the decades, beginning this week with the

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Christmas decorations spark blaze at Washington home after being left on top of boom box

A family is lucky to have escaped with their lives after a fire broke out in their Washington home.

Appeal leads to hundreds of Christmas cards for Sunderland pensioner

Big-hearted Sunderland residents made Christmas extra special for a 101-year-old - by sending more than 400 cards.

Tesco apologies after complaints of 'rotten' Christmas turkeys

Tesco has apologised after customers complained the turkey they bought for their Christmas dinner was "rotten" or "gone off".

BBC1 scoops six most popular shows on Christmas Day

Mrs Brown's Boys gave the BBC the top rated show on a single channel on Christmas Day with 6.8 million viewers.