'I don't believe just 'cos ideas are tenacious it means they are worthy,'' sings Tim Minchin his tender 2009 ode to a typical Australian family christmas, White Wine In The Sun.
Julia Baird Illustration: Simon Bosch
Tim Barlass Reading this will save you precious time this Christmas.
Wendy Squires There is a good message that could be retrieved from the modern-day mess of Christmas.
Ian Rose Back in the mid-'80s, a film came out called Falling In Love. In it, Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep, at the very height of their powers, play Frank and Molly, strangers who meet and, well, fall in...
Heckler CHRISTMAS has a distinct resonance in our house. In other homes, the festive season might be accompanied by the sound of Jingle Bells or the comforting noise of cooking from the kitchen.
Heckler DEPENDING upon which particular bit of the globe you spent your childhood years you are likely to have firm associations with Christmas festivities.
Richard Woolcott In the Asian century, we seem to ignore legitimate concerns of our neighbours.
Richard Glover Ten per cent of Australians, according to an article in the Herald, believe the world will come to an end on December 21.
Danny Katz A nice little Christmas poem from Danny Katz? Not likely.
Heckler Take a breather and imagine what product would need this: on the back, in small print, is: ''CAUTION: product contains removable objects which are not suitable for children under three years of age.
Toni Jordan Why do we do it? Why do we say, "We must catch up before Christmas", as though "Christmas" is actually code for "Armageddon" and anyone we don't see before the 25th of December we will never ever see...
Catherine Deveny The office Christmas party is officially an opportunity to boost morale and reward workers, but it's generally the one night of the year it's possible to really kick some butt.
Geoff Strong A brave attempt to inject Australia into seasonal songs failed to endure.
Danny Katz Extract from the latest edition of Staying Healthy In Child Care, published by the Australian Government Health And Safety Tribunal (AGHAST).
John Birmingham People with super big phones have always looked weird when using them as originally intended.
Jane Caro These are the 12 worst things about Christmas, in no particular order.
PLEASE everyone, spare me that pitying look on your smug faces when you ask for my email address and I say that I am not on the internet.
Jan Etherington In what could turn out to be the understatement of 2012, Pam Hughes, 71, from Hampshire, in Britain, admitted it was ''a bit of a strain'' to spend so much time in a confined space with her...
Heckler AN EMERGENCY Bad Mothers meeting was held last night. The minutes follow: