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    RESEARCH suggests that last year, the average person in the UK spent over £500 on gifts alone during the festive period. But as the cost-of-living crisis soars, millions of families across the nation are looking for ways to cut the festive costs this year - and here, the experts at Hey Discount have shared their top tips. 3Christmas can be a stressful time for many - but there are ways to save money when shoppingCredit: Getty “There can be a lot of pressure around the festive season to splash out on gifts for our loved ones, but in the current financial climate, many of us will be looking to save money where possible,'' said Patrick Dever, Director at Hey Discount. ''There are several ways in which we can show appreciation and love for our family and friends without over-exerting ourselves and our bank balance.'' Discount codes Who doesn't love a good bargain? And surprisingly, the Christmas period is where shoppers can get their hands on the best deals. If you're still looking for treats for your close ones, Patrick advised...
    IT’S nearly January - and that means ‘D-day’... or ‘divorce day’... the day of the year which sees the most divorces. It follows the day in mid-December which sees the most DUMPINGS.  4Emma thought they would last foreverCredit: Ian Davies Relationship expert Simone Milasas says it’s common for couples to break up in December - dubbing it ‘dump month’. Writing in her book Relationships: Are You Sure You Want One?, she said it’s when people ask themselves key questions such as: “Is this someone I want at my family’s holiday gathering?” or “Is this someone I want to be kissing at midnight on New Year’s Eve?”  “Add in the tension of financial pressures, time off work together and in laws, and you’d be forgiven for wanting to deck each other, not just the halls,” agreed relationship expert Kate Taylor. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED Emma Conn, 27, a lash technician, from Desborough, Hants, split with her husband in 2017. She lives with her boyfriend  and children, one and five, and started filing for...
    The Queen will not spend Christmas at Sandringham after deciding to spend time at Windsor amid a spike in Covid cases.   Queen Elizabeth will be visited by family over the festive period after 'careful consideration'.  Her majesty missed her usual church service at Windsor yesterday as part of the measures being taken to protect the traditional Christmas celebrations, which have been held at Sandringham since 1988.   The Queen, 95, did not go to Sandringham last Christmas either, due to lockdown and to remain with Prince Philip in Windsor. She was due to leave for Sandringham on Wednesday, before the decision was announced today. This will be the first Christmas the Queen has marked since the death of her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, earlier this year and it is understood that family members are preparing to rally round her so she does not have to spend it alone.   The Queen will not spend Christmas at Sandringham for the first time more than 30 years after deciding to spend time at Windsor The Queen will not spend Christmas at Sandringham (pictured)...
    PREMIER LEAGUE matches WILL go ahead after Christmas after the festive circuit breaker WAS NOT voted through. The 20 clubs' executives met on Monday to discuss whether or not to halt the season due to a rise in Covid cases. 1Thomas Tuchel wanted Chelsea's game against Wolves last Sunday postponedCredit: Getty Omicron continues to cause chaos across the country. And while the government have not brought in a lockdown at this stage, the Premier League took the initiative by calling emergency talks. It needed 14 of the 20 clubs to approve the break, which would see a round of fixtures postponed. After the League Cup quarter-finals this midweek, the next set of Premier League games were scheduled for December 26-27. There is also a full fixture list for December 28-30 and another for January 1-3 before the FA Cup third round on the following weekend. This weekend, six of the ten Premier League matches were cancelled. Manchester United, Leicester and Aston Villa were among the clubs to suffer Covid outbreaks within their squads. Chelsea and Liverpool both had players forced...
    PREMIER LEAGUE clubs fear a Christmas lockdown at grounds. Growing concerns about the snowballing spread of the Omicron variant are now reaching top-flight clubs. 4Premier League matches could be played behind closed doors again over the Christmas periodCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd 4Virtually the entire 2020-21 season was played with no crowds in the groundsCredit: Getty Their first defence is set to be adopting Covid passports at turnstiles, meaning unvaccinated fans would not be allowed into Prem games. But the bigger worry is that those measures will not work — leading to ANOTHER ground shutdown which would cost millions in lost revenues. The situation has been ramped up by news of a Covid outbreak at Spurs, where up to seven first-teamers and two of Antonio Conte’s coaching staff tested positive. Tottenham are still likely to press ahead with tomorrow’s final Conference League group game with Rennes. But they may ask Prem bosses to postpone Sunday’s trip to Brighton and potentially next Thursday’s home clash with Leicester. A European fixture would only be in jeopardy if a team has fewer than 13 players...
    WITH the world grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, this Christmas was like no other with people spending it alone or on a shoe-string budget due to losing their jobs.  One man spent the festive period without any gifts, as he struggled with his finances in what’s been a tough year. 5The bloke, called Chris, shared the heartwarming card he got from his landlord Credit: Reddit Which is why his landlord’s heartwarming gesture has moved people to tears, after he gave him an unexpected Christmas gift.  The bloke, called Chris, shared the card he got from his landlord, with a moving message inside.  He uploaded the card to Reddit, saying: “Didn’t get any gifts for Christmas except from my landlord.  “Has no idea I’ve been struggling lately.” I figured the best Santa gift for you would be taking off half the January rentLandlord The card reads: “Chris, I figured the best Santa gift for you would be taking off half the January rent.  “So just pay $440 at the end of this month.”  Rather than forking out $880, the bloke was...
    Widespread outages continue in Tennessee following blast Despite smooth election, GOP leaders seek vote restrictions Prince Charles and Camilla Release New Picture as Royals Spend Christmas Separately © Clarence House The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are spending Christmas Day together at Highgrove in Gloucestershire Usually on Christmas Day, there is an abundance of photographs of the British royal family as they make their way en masse to church for the 11 a.m. service on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk. However, like all of us this year, the Queen and her descendants are having a very different kind of Christmas and will be marking the day separately and behind closed doors. In the absence of any public appearances, Clarence House has released a new photograph of Prince Charles and Camilla to celebrate Christmas. It was taken by a member of staff at Birkhall, Scotland, earlier this year, and shows the couple dressed casually and holding walking sticks up to the camera. The Prince is smiling broadly and has a pair of binoculars around his neck. The...
    BERLIN (AP) — Most stores shut, tight limits on social contacts, no singing in church and a ban on fireworks sales: Germany is ratcheting up its pandemic restrictions in an effort to cut the stubbornly high rate of coronavirus infections. Chancellor Angela Merkel said she and the governors of Germany’s 16 states agreed Sunday to step up the country’s lockdown measures from Dec. 16 to Jan. 10 to stop the exponential rise of COVID-19 cases. “We are forced to act, and we’re acting too,” Merkel told reporters in Berlin, noting that existing restrictions imposed in November failed to significantly reduce the number of new infections. The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Germany has risen over the past two weeks from 21.23 new cases per 100,000 people on Nov. 28 to 26 new cases per 100,000 people on Dec. 12. Starting Wednesday, schools nationwide will be closed or switch to home schooling; most non-food stores will be shuttered, as will businesses such as hairdressers that have so far been allowed to remain open; restaurant takeout will remain permitted,...
    IF any year called for a little bit of Christmas, it’s 2020. It’s been a hard year all round, but luckily Christmas is just around the corner to cheer us all up. 11 From gifting ideas to party supplies and everything in between, these ten top companies have everything you need to get you through the festive period. A very British Christmas 11 No one can argue with the fact that Christmas dinner is the pinnacle of the festive period. It’s a meal we look forward to all year round, so it’s important to make it special. And though this Christmas will look different for most of us, thanks to the hard work of our British famers we can still enjoy a Great British Christmas dinner with ingredients that are traceable, safe and farmed with care. Red Tractor represents over 46,000 British farmers who work 24/7 to put food on our tables, and though they have experienced much adversity this year, they have worked tirelessly to keep us fed. Thanks to them, no matter where we...
    POLICE WILL break up Christmas parities if revellers outrageously flout the festive bubbles rules. The latest guidance to save the holidays has made it clear that police are expected to enforce large gatherings. 3Police will break up festive gathering, it has been announcedCredit: Alamy ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates It comes as police have previously said they don't want to break up people's Christmas festivities. However, this afternoon's crunch COBRA summit has made it clear that the current ban on gatherings of 30 or more will still be in place. This means, police will be able to break up any Christmas parties that exceed the festive rules hammered out today. Up to three households can form a Christmas bubble from December 23 to 27 and will have to form an exclusive bubble and not meet with others. Bubbles will be allowed indoors, in public outdoor spaces and go to church together. Christmas bubbles are not allowed to meet up in hospitality settings - which includes pubs, restaurants, bars and other...
    CHIRSTMAS bubbles will be allowed to meet in private homes, in church and in outdoors public spaces over the five-day festive period agreed between the four nations. The festive boost was hammered out at this afternoon's crunch COBRA summit to save the holidays after months of crippling restrictions. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Christmas bubbles will be able to meet up in three places over the festive period between December 23 and 27Credit: Alamy Up to three households can form a Christmas bubble from December 23 to 27 and will have to form an exclusive bubble and not meet with others. Christmas bubbles are not allowed to meet up in hospitality settings - which includes pubs, restaurants, bars and other entertainment venues. It also includes a five-day travel window for Brits to be able to see loved ones at last. Sage scientists have been modelling the impact of groups bigger than six meeting up, The Sun revealed last week. The details of the plan include: As first revealed by The...
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