Tradition is at the heart of Christmas. Through most of the year, in any given decade, trends may come and trends may go. But at Christmas even the most radical of creatures gravitates back to the comfortable and the familiar. Reassuring traditions are at the forefront of festivities. As we grow, so may our ideas for new traditions we can introduce to family and friends. But as this section shows, even the new is rooted in seasonal glory of old.

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ADVENT & NATIVITY: the history and themes behind the excited anticipation of Christmas and the arrivals of the wondrous day – Click Here

CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK: plan a magical festive weekend in the city that never sleeps courtesy of our recommendations – Click Here

CHRISTMAS PUDDINGS: from savoury to sweet…how they became a festive favourite – Click Here

Television generalCHRISTMAS TELEVISION: take a journey through the Christmas archives for must-see comedy, drama and animation – Click Here

CHRISTMAS WEDDINGS: the festive season is a wonderful time to celebrate a marriage union. Here are ideas to help the nuptials take on a marvellously Christmassy theme – Click Here

FOLKLORE & CUSTOMS: find out where it all began for Father Christmas, why we celebrate on December 25th, how the Yule log tradition began and so much more – Click Here

GLOBAL TRADITIONS: why is poo prominent in certain Spanish Christmas traditions? What have radishes got to do with Christmas? And why do rolling logs and hidden brooms point to good fortune? Learn the world’s Christmas foibles right here – Click Here

NEW TRADITIONS: a whole swathe of fresh ideas to put a new spin on Christmas celebrations. Find one or more of the 25 suggestions to suit you and your loved ones – Click Here

NUTCRACKERS: cracking your nuts is one thing, learning the nutcrackers_156928538history of splendid wooden soldiers is quite another – Click Here

PANTOMIME & THEATRE: all the world’s a stage. One of the biggest stars is Christmas – Click Here

QUIRKY CHRISTMAS: get the silly jumpers out and look at the alternative ways to mark the season – Click Here

QUIZ TIME: test yourself, test your family, test your friends. This is Christmas quizzing for the fun of it – Click Here

SPORT: the holiday season lends itself to great gatherings – including in sporting arenas. Let’s have a ball and explore the sporting side of Christmas – Click Here

TRIVIA & TRIFLES: many a fact you ought to know, many a fact you ought not. Either way, it’s Christmas knowledge unsurpassed – Click Here

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS: Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, Charles Dickens and Christina Rossetti all played their parts in creating the Christmas we know today. Indeed the Victorians have many festive traditions of which to be proud – Click Here