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Christmas Light Photography Tips

At this time of year, many of the world’s cultures and religions celebrate holidays that involve lights. While the use of lights and candles is often …

Gifts from the Kitchen: 22 Edible Holiday Presents You Can Make at Home

From spicy mustard to chocolate bark, make your holiday gifts for family and friends right in your own kitchen<p>If the thought of going to a crowded mall and picking out the perfect present for everyone on your list is stressing you out, just don't do it. Make your friends and family thoughtful gifts …

BA's Do-Ahead Christmas Party

Open your house for a come-one, come-all Christmas party. Our make-ahead menu of festive bites has something for everyone on your list<p>The trick to enjoying your own party? Choose a low-maintenance menu and work ahead. With a little planning, all you'll have to do on the day of is bake the ham and …

Christmas Headquarters

Your guide to eating, drinking, and carrying on through the holidays.<p>The Main Event<p>How to make the best ham, roasts, and more.<p>Apps & Sips<p>To tide yourself over 'til dinner and deal with overzealous relatives.<p>Sides to the Front<p>Let's be honest: They're the best part of dinner.<p>All the Cookies & Desserts<p>…

25 Days of Cookies: Day 23, Speculoos Buttons

We're celebrating the holidays with 25 Days of Cookies! Today, Day 23: Speculoos Buttons<p><i>Every day in December through Christmas, we’re sharing a cookie recipe. Forget the 12 Days of Christmas—these are the 25 Days of</i> <i>Cookies.</i><p>We here in Cookieland have a working knowledge of plenty of cookies—'tis …

Chocolate mint loaf cake

Bring some contemporary glamour to your table with this layered sponge flavoured with After Eight icing and peppermint<p>Ingredients<p>2 x 85g salted …

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Bake Off: Frances Quinn's 12 Days of Christmas recipes

Frances Quinn, winner of The Great British Bake Off, created a magical series of festive bakes inspired by the Twelve Days of Christmas. Here are her recipes to try at home<p>INGREDIENTS:<p><b>Biscuits</b><p>250g plain flour<br>2 tsp ginger<br>2 tsp cinnamon<br>125g light muscovado sugar<br>125g slightly salted butter<br>100g golden …

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Christmas ghost stories: Stairs by Penelope Lively

<b>Here we go,</b> she thought: "Ripe for renovation." Of course. Another one.<p>Tim was turning off the main road, responding to the satnav. They left the traffic, forged through a mesh of suburban streets, arrived at the heart of what had once been a rural village, now digested by later development. Row of …