What if Santa’s job is one of those taken over by an intelligent machine? Would a robot Santa begin to question its purpose and the existence of those it’s designed to serve at Christmas?
From outright celebration, through charity to explicit political salvos – is there such a thing as the 'ultimate' Christmas pop song?
J.R.R. Tolkien wrote letters to his children from Father Christmas every year for 23 years. And they're filled with elves, goblins and playful polar bears.
The best cracker jokes make us groan as much as laugh – and that's deliberate.
Tasty, nutritious, traditional – it's a seasonal superfood. Here's the evidence.
Six questions to ask yourself before you buy that last minute Christmas present.
It's said Puerto Rico has the longest Christmas in the world, a noisy two-month celebration that goes through mid-January. Can the holidays still happen in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria?
Despite the delight of not having to work for several days or even weeks, holidays come with pressures.
The ritual might seem strange, but a sociologist spent eight years studying it – and found that there really is a therapeutic benefit.
For the African-American community, Kwanzaa is not just any "black holiday. " It is a recognition that knowledge of black history is worthwhile.
Poor quality sleep is almost guaranteed over the festive period. Here's how to get some decent shut-eye.
Being misty-eyed about a perfect Christmas past will do you little good.
The tradition of carol singing at Christmas appears to be going through a revival and it's bringing communities together.
The idea of pop-up shops has been around for ages, but now even established high-street retailers are being forced to buy in.
Ritual feasting emerged around the time humans were beginning to farm. It came to play an important role in societal bonding, much as it does today.
To avoid getting a Darwin Award this Christmas, don't do what these people did.
The animals that are so familiar in Christmas cards and carols did not begin to make an appearance until hundreds of years after Jesus' birth.
Canadians are a wasteful bunch, especially during the holidays. Redesign your holidays this year to cut back on garbage and food waste.
Leigh Hunt is a nineteenth-century writer who grappled with the question: How can we celebrate and enjoy ourselves at this time of the year when there is so much misery in the world?
Rather than simply trying to trick people, the masters of marketing know it's much easier to understand and work with innate human flaws.