December 18 is the last day for posting 2nd class mail inland in the UK to ensure Christmas delivery.

December 20 is the last day for posting 1st class mail inland in the UK to ensure Christmas delivery. Royal Mail Special Delivery is another option up to and including December 23. More details at royalmail.com.

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Remember to visit our countdown calendar for day-by-day help and inspiration in the build-up to Christmas. Click on the presents icon to the right of this page.

There are few better ways to build the excitement and anticipation for the festive season than to read some Christmas stories as a family. Why not check out our original story selection (Click here).

Get those vocal chords warmed up. You can read all the lyrics to 50 of the best-loved carols on our Carols: History & Lyrics page – then maybe sing a few of your favourites.

Check out Ed’s Grotto for fun things to make and do with the children in your life this festive season.

And what about a few Parlour Games…or a Victorian kind of Christmas…or a movie or two.

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And a huge Happy Hanukkah to all our Jewish friends! May all the miracles of the season envelope you.

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