Christmas News
Troubled high street places faith in Boxing Day boost

Troubled high street places faith in Boxing Day boost

Retailers will today launch Boxing Day sales which they hope will offer a last-minute fillip to a beleaguered sector, hit by disappointing trading in the run up to Christmas.

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Boxing Day sales 2018: Where can I get the best deals?

Boxing Day sales 2018: Where can I get the best deals?

Want to treat yourself to some Boxing Day bargains? Here’s a rundown of the best retail deals this year.

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Nicola Sturgeon and Scotland’s political leaders release Christmas messages

Nicola Sturgeon and Scotland’s political leaders release Christmas messages

Scotland’s party leaders have tried to raise awareness of those who suffer through the festive season in their Christmas messages.

politics
Christmas: When food banks cater for enough people to populate Dundee – Stephen Jardine

Christmas: When food banks cater for enough people to populate Dundee – Stephen Jardine

Christmas dinners are getting more extravagant, but a shockingly large number of people depend on charity food banks to get enough to eat, says Stephen Jardine.

politics
Short Scottish prison sentences to be scrapped next year

Short Scottish prison sentences to be scrapped next year

Short prison sentences of 12 months or less in Scotland will be ended next year, the justice secretary has said, after it emerged that 1,000 Scots spent last Christmas in jail on short sentences.

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Christmas joy with Scotland’s first ‘heart in a box’ transplants

Christmas joy with Scotland’s first ‘heart in a box’ transplants

Two Scots who were critically ill last year are facing this Christmas with hope after becoming Scotland’s first patients to receive revolutionary ‘Heart in a Box’ heart transplants.

religion and belief
YouTuber Ladbaby claims Christmas No.1 with sausage roll song

YouTuber Ladbaby claims Christmas No.1 with sausage roll song

YouTuber LadBaby has said he is “speechless and lost for words” after claiming the Christmas number one for 2018 in a shock victory.

arts, culture and entertainment
Unwanted gifts: These are your rights if you need to return items after Christmas

Unwanted gifts: These are your rights if you need to return items after Christmas

Everyone hopes to unwrap the perfect gift on Christmas Day, but sometimes a present can be the wrong size, shape, or simply not to your liking.

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Alexander McCall Smith: The art of writing Christmas letters

Alexander McCall Smith: The art of writing Christmas letters

If you received an OBE or similar award this year, do not mention it directly in seasonal letters to friends and family, writes Alexander McCall Smith.

arts, culture and entertainment
Here’s what prisoners in Scotland will be eating on Christmas Day

Here’s what prisoners in Scotland will be eating on Christmas Day

The menus issued to Scottish prisoners on Christmas Day have been revealed.

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A defence of the Brussels sprout - written by a scientist

by Trevor George, King's College LondonBrussels sprouts, like their European namesake, divide opinion. Some people embrace the flavour

5 ways to cut down your food waste this Christmas

by Elliot Woolley, Loughborough UniversityThe average family throws away about £700 worth of food each year. This is not just a drain

This is the 10 day festive weather forecast - and when snow could hit

Many people may have been dreaming of a 'white Christmas', but what are the experts saying?Some will be disappointed to hear that we may be

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