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Tired of pine needles making a mess? See our picks for alternative Christmas trees. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

If you are fed up of pine needles making a mess in your lounge, here are a few alternatives to the traditional Christmas tree

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The Christmas lights switch-on in Saffron Walden.

Father Christmas and Mayor Heather Asker will arrive in a sleigh to turn on Saffron Walden’s Christmas lights later this month.

Heather Asker
Have you thought about an adult advent calendar this Christmas? Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Advent calendars aren’t just for kids, there’s a growing trend in grown-ups treating themselves to the Yuletide tradition too

ELY winter driving

Now the weather is turning chillier, drivers are being advised to make some simple checks to their cars to avoid being stranded in cold or wet conditions.

The leading high street stores have announced what they think will be at the top of every child’s Christmas list. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The leading high street stores have announced what they think will be at the top of every child’s Christmas list. Here are our favourites…

Fruit Crumble

Studded with sweet cranberries and aromatic baked apples, this classic crumble adds the flavours of autumn to your Christmas table and is filled with all the sweet things that you’ll want to give thanks for.

cranberries pie

This Christmas season, explore cranberries in a whole new way. Cranberry Tarts make for a festive dessert for winter parties, holiday dinners, or simply for you and the kids to enjoy.

Would you know how to cope with a skid on snow? Photo: Getty Images/Hemera

Winter driving greatly increases the risk of a car skidding on ice or snow, yet nine out of 10 drivers in the UK does not know how to deal with this potentially dangerous situation.

Traditional Christmas Wreath

A brief history of some of the best known Christmas traditions

Find out when your local Christmas lights switch-on is taking place. Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Christmas Light celebrations for 2015 in Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Essex

Find out where your local Santa's Grotto is this Christmas. Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Want to know where your local Santa’s Grottos are? We have a list for Herts, Cambs and Essex

Design Essentials Opening. Picture: Joe Higham Reportage.

Saffron Walden got a big boost at the weekend with the opening of the relocated Design Essentials.

Howard Rolfe

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