Food & Drink Christmas Special 2018

Flaming cocktails, tasty decorations and what kids want for Christmas — rediscover the festive joy of childhood. Plus Jancis Robinson’s holiday wines and Nicholas Lander’s best restaurants of 2018

Bored of dry turkey and indigestible Christmas pudding? Then try something a little different this year

In the 1960s, this relentlessly English meal included Bisto gravy, dodgy cream liqueurs and straining waistbands — but it was so good

Forget about the traditional turkey roast . . . it’s (almost) all about the sweet stuff

‘In my family, Christmas dinner is the one remaining token of ritual Englishness’

Is Christmas best for six-year-olds? And was it better in the olden days? We rediscover the joy of festive excess

Clementine or satsuma? Bee Wilson on how these small fruits can divide a family

More from this Series

Alice Lascelles: ‘Christmas isn’t Christmas without the smell of burning in my nostrils and a mild sense of jeopardy’

Daniel Humm, Anne-Sophie Pic, Ollie Dabbous, Niklas Ekstedt and Judy Joo wave their magic wands

Our columnist’s guide to the best drinking this festive season

Seasonal tipples, from classical structures to something that dances on the palate

Meringue snowmen, white chocolate wreaths and chocolate, orange and almond fudge

From Guy Savoy in Paris to Angela’s in Margate, our critic’s culinary highlights of 2018