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Take a look at our guide to having a jolly holiday in the festive season, and join in the fun! If you also love Christmas share your favourite places, programmes or recipies with us.

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The formalities of Christmas at Queen Elizabeth II's Sandringham country estate could have been lifted straight from an episode of Downton Abbey (including a schedule of festivities delivered by the Master of the Household, and five outfit changes in a day!) — but what about those British royal traditions that aren't as well-known? We're taking you inside the royal festivities, from a bit of rough and tumble on Christmas Eve to cider and movie nights.

12 British Royal Christmas Traditions That Will Surprise You

The formalities of Christmas at Queen Elizabeth II's Sandringham country estate could have been lifted straight from an episode of Downton Abbey (including a schedule of festivities delivered by the Master of the Household, and five outfit changes in a day!) — but what about those British royal traditions that aren't as well-known? We're taking you inside the royal festivities, from a bit of rough and tumble on Christmas Eve to cider and movie nights.

Bet You Didn't Know: Christmas

Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion. Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. December 25–Christmas Day–has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1870.

Popular Christmas songs and carols

Top 36 popular Christmas songs and carols playlist

60 Easy Homemade Christmas Ornaments to DIY

Trim your tree with one of these handcrafted ornaments made with love.

How to make mulled wine by Jamie Oliver

A pan of warming, spiced mulled wine (also called Glühwein) is the taste of Christmas in a glass – and it's dead simple to make.

Mary Berry's Christmas pudding

Loaded with big pieces of fruit, Mary Berry's Christmas pudding recipe with brandy butter will win over the harshest critics.

The 20 best Christmas songs of all time

Christmas is upon us, which means it's time to put together a list of the 'best' classic Christmas songs that absolutely no one will agree with.

Asking around The Independent office there were a few obvious favourites, and a nice mix of new-ish pop songs thrown in with some old favourites.

The 40 Best Christmas Movies of All Time

The holiday season is upon us, which means it’s time to put away our differences in the interest of peace on earth, goodwill toward others, etc., etc., and kick back with a great Christmas movie, a filmmaking tradition that dates back to the 1898 film Santa Claus. In that one, Santa slides down a chimney, stuffs some stockings, and promptly disappears into the ether; the whole film runs just over one minute long.

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