Christmas annuals are still found countless trees but how did they become some popular in the first place?
In the UK the equivalent of four million Christmas dinners are wasted every year.
Here's a bumper crop of thought-provoking and engaging novels for enquiring minds.
If it hadn't been for A Christmas Carol, the menu may well have centred on goose (or a boar's head).
For Victorian shop workers, Christmas could be a miserable time of long hours and low pay.
If you are tired of A Christmas Carol, why not try one of the few Hardy stories where all's well that ends well.
If we didn't correct for gravitational effects on the Earth's orbit, the winter solstice would shift backwards by a day every 72 years.
Two centuries on, this beautiful prayer for peace still brings people together around the world.
Only a quarter of Christmas jumpers are reused.
How to become a lover of Christmas ... or embrace being a Grinch.
Behind today's mythical Santa Claus from the North Pole, is a real saint – St. Nicholas. How he came to be today's gift-giving jolly figure from the North Pole is a fascinating story by itself.