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How did you celebrate Christmas in childhood, from turkey dinners and nativity plays to finding an orange in the end of your stocking? Readers and staff have been sharing their memories.

Our writer thinks the ‘tradition’ of giving secret gifts has had its day and needs to be scrapped.

Cole’s has been making them for 80 years. Here are some Christmas puddings past and present. What’s your favourite?

You can stuff your Bah Humbug

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Not in the Christmas spirit? I don’t understand, writes Jo Malone

Gallery Do your baubles need a boost?

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Ideas to make our Christmas tree branches even more brilliant

Christmas telly schedules have been unveiled hoping to add some seasonal sparkle to some dark nights but Arts editor Andrew Clarke is rather underwhelmed by the lack of imagination

Christmas just might never be the same this year. For a festive staple could be missing from our plates.

Nine weeks ago, Saturday, August 25, I trudged along Rouen Road back to my car thinking what a long season this could turn out to be.

It was a plan to transform Suffolk into the winter sports capital of Britain.

Dereham Salvation Army had a packed programme of activites and commitments over Christmas from the band playing at carol concerts to packing boxes for its Toys and Tins Appeal.

More than £450 was raised for the Salvation Army at a community carol concert held annually in a festive street.

A community Christmas meal in Swaffham welcomed over 100 people to enjoy a festive lunch free of charge.

Join In Confess your Christmas re-gifting crimes

Thursday, December 21, 2017

‘Tis the season of giving - or regiving according to new reseach. Take part in our re-gifting amnesty and get back on Santa’s nice list.

Estate agents Sowerbys have been judged to have the most festive window display in Dereham in a competition run by the town’s Christmas lights organisers and this newspaper.

A Norfolk turkey farmer has brought joy to the homeless and needy in Norwich by providing the centrepiece for a free Christmas dinner.

The Fakenham Christmas lights made a spectacular return this year thanks to the hard work of a local woman.

The children at Mattishall Primary School have been busy making things to sell at their annual Christmas Bazaar.

Thousands of people headed to the coastal town of Wells for its annual ChristmasTide celebration on Saturday.

A frenzy of activity is taking place behind the scenes in towns and villages across mid and north Norfolk as preparations are put in place for their annual Christmas lights switch-ons.

Caring students at Northgate High School in Dereham are bringing some Christmas cheer to elderly residents this year and raising money for a dementia charity.

A magical Christmas experience comes to Dereham next month when the town’s landmark windmill is visited by Santa.

Santa is setting the sat nav to arrive at Wells Quay at 5.30pm on Saturday, December 2.

From Father Christmas in a grotto to live reindeer, a tree of wishes, lantern parade, music and a market, Dereham is set to sparkle brighter than ever this festive season.

A fund-raising campaign to make Dereham a Christmas destination has received a “phenomenal” response, say the organisers, bringing in over £6,000 in its first two months.

Christmas is a time for cheer and offering goodwill to all.

Christmas lights alert

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Recent survey has found that many driver’s cars could need immediate attention

It’s a quaint scene which has been repeated every December outside the tiny Church of St Mary Magdalene, on the Sandringham estate, for generations.

Nearer to home than the North Pole, the elves and reindeer are hard at work in a corner of our deepest countryside.

A fundraising appeal for next year’s Christmas lights switch-on event in Dereham has seen a flurry of donations.

Mayor David Whitby did the honours after an afternoon of free entertainment in the town centre.

Remember those dodgy-looking fairy lights and Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer playing on your Dansette?

Final rehearsals are under way at Thursford, near Fakenham, which is home to the UK’s biggest Christmas show.

When it comes to his Christmas dinner Percy Norton has just one stipulation.

Christmas traditions of log fires, mulled wine and woolly jumpers won’t be needed to stay warm this year with temperatures forecast to reach 14C.

Have you been busy putting your decorations up and rigging Christmas lights?

It is an icon that, for many who grew up in the 1990s and 2000s, meant the festive season had truly arrived - and today, fans will be able to visit the Coca Cola truck in Great Yarmouth Market Place.

Welcome to the EDP’s Archive Advent Calendar. We’ll be posting a new photo from our library here each day until Christmas Day which celebrates the spirit of the festive period.

Fireworks and thousands of glittering lights illuminated Norwich as the festive season well and truly got underway.

It might not feel like the ideal weather for camping but that doesn’t deter the Fire Pit Camp in Wendling from welcoming in winter.

Christmas lights in Dereham look set to be a lot brighter and more colourful this year thanks to a concerted fund-raising effort.

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