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Step back into Christmas
Beyond eating mince pies, pulling crackers and giving presents, people in the north celebrate Christmas with a unique calendar of peculiarly local customs. Roger Ratcliffe delves into centuries-old traditions.

This business called snow
When journalist Giles Whittell was posted to LA it wasn’t showbiz that caught his attention but the otherworldly Californian snowstorms he witnessed. Now he’s in search of the snowiest place on earth.

Season’s greetings
Last week Yorkshire and Humber vendors sent festive messages of goodwill and thanks to their customers. This week it’s the turn of vendors from the North West.

The way I work: Stewart Bramham
A self-confessed petrolhead and a serial tinkerer, the engineer took a foot off the career ladder to focus on a dream project – the Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero, the ultimate Xmas present for some. Interview: Steve Lee.

Animated conversations
A feminist collective making informative films could take up to two years to make a 10-minute animation when they first started 40 years ago. Still, Leeds Animation Workshop has managed to outpace real change, finds Deborah Mulhearn.

Taking the reins
As a specialist addiction centre for military veterans, Tom Harrison House in Liverpool is one of a kind. Neil Tague visits and finds a place no man is left behind.

Plus
News, arts and entertainment, columnist Roger Ratcliffe has a Brexit-based Xmas present list, singer Andrea Bocelli’s letter to his younger self, super-sized Xmas crossword and more.

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