The changing face of Old St Nick through the last 700 years (but he"s always had a big white beard)

The changing face of Old St Nick revealed through the last 700 years (but he's always had a big white beard) | UPDATED: 01:51 GMT, 26 December 2012 After more than 700 years, quite a lot has changed in both the meaning and appearance of Christmas. But when it comes to Old St Nick, ironically with his age, the one thing that may not have changed could very well be his big white beard as this unique collection of historical pictures show.

Sailors get into the festive mood with their own comedy version of Christmas Time by the Darkness

Sailors get into the festive mood with their own comedy version of Christmas Time by the DarknessCrew currently on a six-month deployment and will be away for ChristmasFour-minute video shows sailors dressed up and playing the air guitarAlso contains messages written on pieces of paper to their friends and family | UPDATED: 19:48 GMT, 17 December 2012 As the rest of us tuck into Christmas dinner, some people will still have a job to do.

Husband who used white spirit to burn wife to death after "trivial and absurd" row over his Christmas presents is jailed for eight years

Husband who used white spirit to burn wife to death after 'trivial and absurd' row over his Christmas presents is jailed for eight years55-year-old had denied murdering his wife but was found guilty of manslaughter by a jury Angry husband splashed white spirit over wife's nightdress and flicked open a cigarette lighterShe died in hospital four days later from the effects of the burns and inhaling fumes | UPDATED: 22:31 GMT, 14 December 2012 A husband who killed his wife by pouring white spirit over her and setting her alight following a 'trivial and absurd' row over his Christmas presents has been jailed for eight years. Following the argument, out-of-work joiner Stephen Eastwood, 55, packed a holdall with clothes which his librarian wife Angela, 56, had given him for Christmas and threatened to stay with relatives.

Killjoy PC halts pre-school nativity play to order parents: move your cars

Killjoy PC accused of 'petty meddling' as he halts pre-school nativity play to order parents to move their carsPC Paul Baker interrupted show to ask parents to move their parked carsParents' cars were blocking pavements and a doctor's surgery parkingPC Baker accused of 'petty meddling' at Redehall Prep School in SurreyHe says: 'I wasn't wagging my finger – any neighbourhood PC would do it' | UPDATED: 07:58 GMT, 12 December 2012 They had rehearsed for weeks. Their halos shone. So, knowing a very proud mummy was somewhere in the audience, the children stepped up for their big moment… And in walked a policeman demanding the nativity play be stopped, for the grave offence of bad parking.

London calling: From a light show on Millennium Bridge to an "invisible" double decker, award-winning photos of the capital

London calling: From Battersea Power Station to a bird's-eye view of the Thames… award-winning photos of the capital 1,500 entrants in competition to capture the spirit of LondonSnaps include dazzling scenes of Big Ben, Hampstead Heath, Portobello Road and Greenwich | UPDATED: 00:29 GMT, 5 December 2012 A light trail fizzes across the Millennium Bridge, while in the background St Paul's is barely visible under the night sky. This electrifying image was among 1,500 entries in a photography competition by Beefeater Gin to 'bottle the spirit of London'

Supermarkets agree to end discount "cons" that tempt shoppers with bogus claims of savings

Supermarkets agree to end discount 'cons' that tempt shoppers with bogus claims of savings | UPDATED: 07:41 GMT, 30 November 2012 Supermarkets have agreed to end bargain price cons that tempt shoppers with bogus claims of savings.

Generous Labour donor causes embarrassment for Ed Miliband as it emerges that he saves 13million using tax haven

Generous Labour donor causes embarrassment for Ed Miliband as it emerges that he saves 13million using tax haven Peter Coates has donated 300,000 to the Labour party in the past decadeHe has built a 700million fortune on the back of betting site bet365But, a third of its profits come from a subsidiary based in GibraltarBetween 2009 and 2011, company paid 10% corporation tax, saving 13million | UPDATED: 00:42 GMT, 25 November 2012 Ed Miliband faced embarrassment in his crusade against tax avoiders last night after it emerged a key Labour donor has saved millions of pounds by running online gambling from a tax haven. Peter Coates, chairman of bet365, has donated 300,000 to the party in the past decade, including 10,000 to Mr Miliband this year.