Join our gang – it"s grate! Trio of raccoons pictured with their heads poking out of drain

Join our gang – it's grate! Trio of raccoons pictured with their heads poking out of drainRow of cute creatures in grate pictured in California Raccoons were caught in the act by passing motorist | UPDATED: 22:52 GMT, 27 December 2012 They tend to make their beds in the hollow of a tree.

Is this the oldest Christmas tree in Britain? 102-year-old pensioner has decorated same artifical spruce every December for 80 years

Is this the oldest Christmas tree in Britain 102-year-old pensioner has decorated same artificial spruce every December for 80 yearsGreat-grandmother Eliza Woolhouse bought the two-foot tree in 1932 | UPDATED: 17:17 GMT, 23 December 2012 A 102-year-old pensioner has revealed she has had the same Christmas tree for more than 80 years.

Beautiful pictures of full-time horse loggers removing trees from Balmoral in the snow

Beautiful photographs of horse loggers trudging through snow at Balmoral to avoid machines damaging picturesque grounds Simon Lenihan was pictured removing the trees in Crathie, AberdeenshireHorses used in place of large timber machines to minimise soil damagePhotographer Jeff Mitchell: 'It's one of the most beautiful places in the UK' | UPDATED: 21:37 GMT, 12 December 2012 It was a picturesque scene that could easily grace the cover of a Christmas card, as a full-time commercial horse logger was photographed removing Scots Pine trees from in the snow. Simon Lenihan was pictured removing the trees in Crathie, Aberdeenshire, from the Balmoral Estate yesterday with Belgian Ardennes horses Sultan De Le Campagne, 15, and Salome Du Pre Renier, 4.

The little boy who could be killed by Christmas: Severe allergies mean Theo can"t enjoy a tree or a mince pie

The little boy who could be killed by Christmas: Severe allergies mean Theo can't enjoy a real tree or even a mince pie Both Theo and his mother suffer from a range of extreme allergies, which make celebrating Christmas a bit of a choreThey could go into anaphylactic shock if they accidentally consumed nuts or went too near a real pine tree | UPDATED: 11:31 GMT, 10 December 2012 For most children, December is an exciting time when they enjoy decorating the Christmas tree and tuck into festive goodies. But for one school boy and his mother it can be somewhat of an annual nightmare. Theo Lester, six, suffers from a range of extreme allergies, which means he can't go anywhere near a real pine tree or bite into a mince pie or Christmas pudding.

Christmas mad DJ turns home into 20,000 winter wonderland featuring 60,000 lights and its own festive radio station

Christmas mad DJ turns home into 20,000 winter wonderland featuring 60,000 lights and its own festive radio station | UPDATED: 14:22 GMT, 29 November 2012 A festive fanatic has spent more than 20,000 transforming his home into the ultimate winter wonderland with 60,000 lights which flash in time to his own radio station. Paul Toole, 37, puts on a seasonal spectacular every year, attracting global attention for his efforts. He has even enlisted Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis to switch on the lights this year at the official opening.