A tree-branch shining star and a homemade Advent calendar.
Anna Gare Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. But it can also be the most expensive and stressful.
Louise Almeida and Claire Martin Headphones and Apple products are among the many unwanted gifts.
Deborah Gough Christmas might be traditionally known as a time of peace but for Melbourne shoppers it's prawns at 20 paces.
Lily Partland and Diana Hodgetts If Christmas Day is all about spending time with the people you love, what do you do if those you love are far away?
Deborah Gough For the gifts my family is about to receive ... I'm truly sorry about the wrapping.
Miki Perkins Undies and socks, cans of tuna and boxes of cereal. Not likely to top any glossy Christmas list but very much on the mind of two Melbourne school children - Taj, 10, and Sage, 8. As the yuletide juggernaut rolls around for another year, people across Melbourne are dreaming up inventive ways of spreading altruistic cheer. Taj and Sage decided to remodel their family’s bike carrier into a trailer and use it to pick up much-needed Christmas donations like basic foodstuffs and underwear for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. They distributed 150 handmade flyers asking for donations to people in their local neighbourhood in Alphington and returned on their bikes a week later for pickup, which included cards from neighbours who congratulated them on their effort. Indy Lingham had often told his two sons the story of a young man who to Australia as a refugee, escaping through deserts and mountains until at last finding sanctuary. In his case, the young man was not a Biblical figure but a refugee called Mohamm
Carolyn Webb Melbourne Central shopping centre has ditched the traditional photos with Santa display this Christmas, in favour of an Awkward Photo Booth that is proving a hit.
Beau Donelly There's only days to go.. So if you still haven't bought the special man/men in your life a Christmas present you might want to get onto that. But before you go and drop $55 on a belt and a novelty mug, stop and read our top 10 gift list.
Tammy Mills Top 10 coolest toys for Christmas
Jessica Martin I think we can all agree that the only thing more fun than plastering on a fake smile while ohhing and ahhing over the ridiculous tea towel your great aunt has just given you, is answering the sorts of awkward questions that inevitably abound over Christmas lunch.
Caroline Schelle Dating websites expect to double their registrations between Christmas and the new year as lonely hearts sign up looking for a soul mate for 2014.
Susannah Singh Christmas is not festive without feasting. If you can't make it, fake it.
Handmade with love
Jane Holroyd For the edible gift-giver, the Christmas countdown starts now, writes Jane Holroyd.
Natalie Reilly How to manage your relatives and reduce your stress this Christmas.
Step-by-step instructions for beautiful Christmas presents.