Carols

Soldiers on the Western Front celebrating Christmas Day in a shell hole partly occupied by the grave of a comrade

The muddy, bloody origins of a treasured Christmas Eve ritual

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Alexandra Coghlan reveals the muddy, bloody origins of a treasured Christmas Eve ritual

Show cats at the National Cat Club Show, 1983, photographed by Jane Bown

A choice of Christmas stocking fillers

19 November 2016 9:00 am

The gift books come in all shapes and sizes this year: big, little, tiny, huge, long, short, fat and thin,…

The threat to Christmas carols – and how to save them

13 December 2014 9:00 am

A glorious, healthy and intensely pleasurable tradition is in danger

The curious language of Christmas carols

13 December 2014 9:00 am

I could never understand as a little girl why we sang: ‘Away in a manger, no crib for a bed.’…

The splendour of the English carol

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Michael Henderson on the splendour of carols