It is much better to be overdressed than underdressed

“Animal guising” customs offer important insights into British festive culture

Nothing else has been quite as effective for introducing children to grief

On embracing human life as an unqualified good

The values Frank Capra celebrated seem to be fading in our times

In praise of a genre that is both beloved and maligned

A cornucopia of killings for the Christmas season

Dr Who has succeeded because and not in spite of its limitations

Lise Davidsen: Christmas from Norway (Decca)/Miracle of Miracles (Cedille)