Christmas is celebrated differently around the world. How do your friends and family celebrate the most wonderful time of the year? Many of us have grown up with the idea of Christmas with decorating the Christmas tree, hanging up stockings, and leaving cookies and milk for Santa, who comes down the fireplace and leaves you presents. The worldwide idea of celebrating the holiday is coming to the tree with presents on Christmas morning and opening them with your family. However, Christmas has different kinds celebrations around the world, ranging from familial to national traditions. For example, Santa is not celebrated in Austria at all; in fact, he is quite the opposite of a jolly plump man with a huge beard and wearing red clothes. In Austria, Santa’s evil accomplice Krampus g
An online debate has been spurred as to whether the hit 1987 Christmas song Fairytale of New York, performed by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl, should be censored for its use of the word “faggot”. Today seen as a homophobic slur and widely agreed to be unacceptable in public discourse, one of the song’s most memorable lyrics sung by Kirsty MacColl is the line “you scumbag, you maggot, you cheap lousy faggot”. The debate stems from Irish Radio broadcaster Eoghan McDermott, who works for 2FM, a radio station run by Ireland’s public service broadcaster RTÉ: This debate rolls around again. I asked the two gay members of my team how they feel, since faggot is their N word. If people want to slur the gay community, this is their most powerful weapon. One favours censoring, the other out
Are you already in a Christmas mood? With less than a month till New Year, people's hearts and souls are little by little fulfiling with excitement and joy. The atmosphere is magical, decorations hanging around the city, shimmering lights sparkling everywhere, and London's frosty weather is gradually embracing most people's favourite holiday. You probably don't need an Advent calendar to tell you that Christmas is coming in 24 days and New Year's Eve in 30, but why don't you pamper yourself and get one, that will send you right into a festive mood. The origin of the Advent Calendar can be traced back to the 19th century. Religious families were counting days before Christmas with drawing chalk strokes on the door or by lighting candles to count the days left till Christmas Eve. ...
As feeling of loneliness is on the rise, Tesco has teamed up with the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) to create a 'twosie' jumper in support of those who might feel isolated over the holidays. The jumpers have two head holes and just one arm hole on either sides, and are particularly aimed at men. It is hoped this will encourage them to support one another and give the gift of friendship this Christmas. The jumpers come in two patterns, a traditional Fairisle and/or a Mr and Mrs Claus design with one size fitting all. They are available in store now for the cost of £18. Tesco hopes to raise £25,000 from the sale and claims to donate 100% of the profits to CALM. Simon Ginning, CEO of CALM told Metro: “Christmas is a fun, joyous time of year but we know it can be t