Look out for pre-lit Christmas trees to remove the annual light detangling from your to-do list

Turkey bought? Done. List made and checked twice? Check. Champagne on ice? Of course. Yet even the best-laid plans can be derailed by last-minute issu(...)

Traders  on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.  Many retailers rallied on Tuesday after results from the crucial Christmas season exceeded Wall Street’s pessimistic expectations. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

European shares advanced on data indicating that the EU’s recovery may be strengthening, though bank stocks suffered on bad news from UK lender HSBC. (...)

Darragh Murphy: ‘The dangerously seductive charms of raisins necessitated a muesli embargo.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Thirty-one days. Thirty-one days and nights without sugar. Originally envisioned as a way to cut down on eating rubbish, my January experiment beca(...)