Why are Americans so unhinged about Christmas?

15 December 2018 9:00 am

’Tis the season for unhinged Americans

Prue Leith’s Christmas kitchen nightmares

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Even professional cooks can muck everything up

Illustrated by Carolyn Gowdy

The boy who dreams: A Christmas short story by Susan Hill

15 December 2018 9:00 am

‘Wake up, boy! Wake up…’ My father was shaking me and I was confused because it seemed that I had…

Time and Twitter seemed to stop

After five days of being snowed in, awe and wonder starts to wear off

15 December 2018 9:00 am

It took three hours for cabin fever to set in. Last Christmas, snowed in at the Oxfordshire homestead, my brother…

Why you should never read your own diary

15 December 2018 9:00 am

At the turn of the century, I started a diary. I’ve mostly typed it on old typewriters, bashing out a…

In the midst of Brexit agony, one thing remains certain: disputation needs drink

15 December 2018 9:00 am

It is enough to drive a fellow to the bottle. I am not given to agnosticism. My view is that…

Neil MacGregor: belief is what holds a society together

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Neil MacGregor on belief, identity and the meaning of Christmas

Recipe: Christmas lebkuchen

1 December 2018 9:00 am

One taste of German lebkuchen and you’ll be hooked

Reasons to be cheerful (iStock)

Save the wine for mealtimes and have a high-spirited Christmas

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Save the wine for mealtimes this Christmas, says Henry Jeffreys

Don’t despair – there’s hope for the high street yet

1 December 2018 9:00 am

There’s still hope for the high street, says Matthew Lynn

Remembering Gavin Stamp, former architecture writer of The Spectator

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Gavin Stamp, who died just before the year’s end, will be mourned by many Spectator readers. For years, particularly in…

How Christmas lunch became Christmas dinner

6 January 2018 9:00 am

It was a culinary triumph. My hosts do not spend much time in the UK, and are determined to entertain…

We all suffer ‘old age’ ailments – that doesn’t mean we all need a scan

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Memory, neuroscientists tell us, is fallible. It is a dynamic process whereby each time we remember something, it will be…

China’s new way to drown out the Christmas message? A sea of tat

16 December 2017 9:00 am

The Communist party tolerates Santa but clamps down on Jesus

There’s something about Mary: ‘Madonna of the Rosary’, 1539, by Lorenzo Lotto

The time has come for one of the most fascinating and idiosyncratic Renaissance artists

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Lorenzo Lotto was overlooked by 16th-century Venice, but now, says Martin Gayford, his time has come

Radio 3 offers a refreshing antidote to the current conversations about Europe

16 December 2017 9:00 am

The season of Advent, for most children, means anticipation, gleeful waiting, the counting down of days. But after a certain…

Taki: The forgotten heroes of Christmas

16 December 2017 9:00 am

It’s that time of year again. Yippee! And get your wallets out. Scrooges are no longer tolerated at Christmas, although…

Melissa Kite: Hell is a porcelain kitchen tile

16 December 2017 9:00 am

If only I knew whether I would have a kitchen, I could order a turkey. But despite having an almost…

Ditch the kitsch and give your Christmas vol-au-vents a modern makeover

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Ditch the kitsch and give Christmas canapés a modern makeover

I love Advent – it’s the gentle waltz to Christmas excess

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Advent is the gentle waltz into Christmas excess

The best Christmas hampers – tried and tested by us

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Cinnamon curd, salted caramel sauce and rare-breed pork salami – Christmas hampers have never been so exotic. But can they pass The Spectator taste test?

Ali Smith’s Winter is calm, cool and consoling

4 November 2017 9:00 am

In 1939, Barbara Hepworth gathered her children and her chisels and fled Hampstead for Cornwall. She expected war to challenge…

I couldn't bring myself to say 'depression'. And the GP wouldn't give me an appointment

7 January 2017 9:00 am

On the Monday before Christmas, the black dog came around again and I couldn’t get out of bed. I lay…

Joan Collins: Oh, the abuse I get for having a fake Christmas tree

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Every year, from mid-November to mid-January, dozens of DVDs drop through my letterbox. These are most of the movie releases…

Digital is taking away one of the treasured aspects of radio: its serendipity

31 December 2016 9:00 am

It’s been a turbulent year, and not just in the outside world. Inside radio, digital is changing not just when…