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Seasonal advice from David Cameron, Jilly Cooper, John Rutter and more

Favourite Christmas rituals – and what to avoid for a successful Christmas. With Clare Balding, Alexander McCall Smith and Tim Rice

12 December 2015

9:00 AM

12 December 2015

9:00 AM

Clare Balding

I love a good walk on Boxing Day followed by watching the racing at Kempton. Avoid the internet. Be present in the moment, enjoying time with family rather than being distracted by online conversations.

Alain de Botton

My favourite ritual is reminding everyone involved that we will, of course, be having a sad and tense Christmas; there will be arguments, frustration, bitterness and barely suppressed longings to be elsewhere with other (better, more interesting) people.

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