I spent Christmas Day helping the homeless – and I was bored out of my mind

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Helping the homeless on Christmas Day wasn’t quite what I’d hoped for

My recipe to cure a hangover

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Journalists exaggerate, often reaching for superlatives to chronicle mildly interesting events. Even so, there are times when it is necessary…

What did psychics predict was going to happen in 2019?

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Bah humbug Some of the things reported to have been banned this Christmas: — Mulled wine banned from being sold…

Letters: Should conservatives be worried that high-spending Boris has a majority?

21 December 2019 9:00 am

My father’s imprisonment Sir: Harald Maass’s piece on the plight of Uyghurs in China (‘A cultural genocide’, December 14) captures…

Neil Woodford could do the washing-up at my fantasy Christmas lunch

21 December 2019 9:00 am

It’s the season for kindness and conviviality. In that spirit — and recognising that business, like personal life, rarely follows…

The best Christmas gift you can give yourself is to learn some poetry by heart

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Some Christmas traditions are worth keeping

The King of Christmas: A short story by Owen Matthews

21 December 2019 9:00 am

The Christmas King steps slowly from his house and sniffs the evening’s chill. His tread is dainty, for all his…

Away from the manger: the holy relics of Bethlehem

21 December 2019 9:00 am

‘No crib for a bed,’ says ‘Away in a Manger’ rather puzzlingly, since a crib is a manger. ‘No one…

Gay giraffes and dead in ditches: The Spectator 2019 quiz

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Set by Christopher Howse. Illustrated by Castro

Christmas with my brother

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Ever since I was a child, I’ve associated Christmas with my mentally disabled brother Chris. Technically, he’s my half-brother —…

Christmas without God in the Appalachians

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Christmas: without being grand and Proustian, this is a season when time present inevitably takes one back to time past.…

Andrew Sullivan: The evidence against Trump is overwhelming

14 December 2019 9:00 am

When people ask me what the mood is in DC these days, the only word I can come up with…

The unwritten rules of sending Christmas cards

7 December 2019 9:00 am

No one sends Christmas cards any more. Except that I do, and you might, and a few other people do…

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…