How dull must your Christmas Day be if you'd rather fill out an online tax return Maybe ask one of the 1,500 people who did | UPDATED: 18:13 GMT, 27 December 2012 While most of us spent Christmas Day enjoying good food and a well-earned break with family, some Britons were not so lucky. More than 1,500 broke off festivities on Tuesday to fill out their tax returns – an increase of 40 per cent on last year. And Christmas Day was not the only day to be filled with onerous duties, as thousands knuckled down to do their taxes on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day too
Girl of ten opens family cafe to serve dinner for 50 homeless to keep her dead father's promise Gracie McNulty served 50 homeless diners at cafe in Dewsbury, YorkshireHer father Craig had planned the event but died earlier this yearThe 10-year-old said she wanted to carry out plan to 'make him proud' | UPDATED: 09:31 GMT, 26 December 2012 After ten-year-old Gracie McNulty’s father died in an accident, she wasn’t sure how to cope with her first Christmas without him. So she decided to abandon the usual family festivities – and make her father’s last Christmas wish come true instead. With the help of her mother and three siblings, Gracie served turkey with all the trimmings to 50 homeless people yesterday.
Smile ma'am: Queen and Prince Philip are snapped by construction workers at King's Cross as they set off for Christmas at Sandringham by train Builders snapped away with their camera phones as couple stepped out carQueen boarded train to King's Lynn station in Norfolk for Christmas Then a 30-minute journey took them to private estate SandringhamQueen spotted doing paperwork on the train and opening briefcaseDuke of Edinburgh had a book with him for the trip Queen's message will be shown in 3D and HD for first time this year | UPDATED: 15:56 GMT, 20 December 2012 The Queen and Prince Philip were greeted by excited workmen today as they arrived at King's Cross station to take a train to Sandringham for their annual Christmas stay. Their well-wishers – a group of construction workers – snapped away with their camera phones as the couple stepped out of their car. In keeping with tradition, the Royal couple then boarded a train to King's Lynn station in Norfolk on a 90-minute journey to the private estate where they will enjoy the festivities surrounded by family.
The kindness of strangers: Internet well-wishers replace 30,000 Christmas club fund 'stolen' by pub landlord in just THREE daysOne kind-hearted anonymous benefactor gave the villagers 10,000Landlord Malcolm Levesconte is thought to have fled the countryPolice fear he may have jumped into the sea from a ferry bound for France | UPDATED: 20:24 GMT, 19 December 2012 Vanished: Malcolm Levesconte, 59, is thought to have fled the country and then jumped into the sea while on a ferry to France When a pub landlord disappeared with a 30,000 Christmas fund raised by families just before the big day, it came close to ruining village festivities. But generous strangers restored local faith in the season of goodwill, by replacing the money within days.
‘Scrooge Academy’: Parents’ fury as Christian primary school bans Christmas nativity play from the timetable Oasis Academy staff believe weeks of rehearsals would be better used as lessons Primary school is desperate to improve maths and English standardsParents say their children are being unfairly punished and teachers have 'stolen' Christmas | UPDATED: 15:03 GMT, 18 December 2012 Parents have renamed a Christian primary school the 'Scrooge Academy' after it banned Christmas from the timetable. Oasis Academy has decided there will be no nativity play for its pupils because of its poor academic performance. The school in Nunsthorpe, near Grimsby, whose students are aged four to 11, says the festivities would interrupt pupil learning as it strives to improve achievements in maths and English
Careless pet owners face 13m vet bill at Christmas with animals wolfing everything from turkey carcasses to tinsel Emergency veterinary bills for Christmas accidents total millions of poundsRisks include pets eating decorations, burns from fairy lights and swallowing tinsel Bills reach 3,000 to remove a swallowed plastic bauble, 1,200 if they wolf the turkey and 700 to treat a dog for eating chocolates left under the tree | UPDATED: 20:54 GMT, 1 December 2012 They are often the most pampered members of the family, lavished with love and treats on Christmas Day. But pet owners have been warned that there could be a price for the festivities – with emergency veterinary bills for Christmas accidents totalling millions of pounds.