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Christmas trees really took off in the Victorian period

Tannenbaum to Christmas tree

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a Christmas tree, but what are they and why do we do it? Liz Hamilton of the county Campaign to Protect Rural England group, looks at how bringing a live tree into our homes this season has gone from German-inspired royal fashion to multi-million pound industry

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Property: 4 of the best - homes with a real fire

Our round-up of Herts homes for sale that give a seasonal welcome

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Much Hadham village sign

Things to Do in Much Hadham

Sitting beside the river Ash, the picturesque village of Much Hadham is packed full of history and has many beautiful gardens. From sport to sculpture, it’s a perfect corner of the county to enjoy a day out this month

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Robin Redbreast, Tring Brewery

A Glass of Herts: Christmas drinks

Laura Vickers gives her guide to some of the best Herts beers for the Christmas season

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Bergenia 'Bressingham White'

The 12 plants of Christmas

Winter is a quiet time in the garden, but Philippa Pearson suggests a dozen plants to brighten up the 12 days of Christmas and beyond

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Helen Wilson

My Herts Life: midwife Helen Wilson

While you are tucking in to a fifth mince pie and pondering another glass of bubbly, Lister Hospital midwife and mother of two Helen Wilson will be looking after expectant mums and helping newborns into the world. She talks to Kiran Reynolds about the joys of delivering babies at Christmas

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A frosty river Stort at Hallingbury

Five Boxing Day walks

The traditional Boxing Day walk is one of the highlights of the Christmas season. Author Phoebe Taplin is your guide to five intriguing routes (with great pubs, history and views) along the little known Harcamlow Way

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Jolly Holly berries come to life

Deck The Halls with Jolly Holly

The Christmas Jolly Holly range of illustrations, books and stationery is just one part of Royston artist Christine Watson’s wealth of talent, as Janice Walker reports

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Kim Wilde

Kim Wilde’s most wonderful time of the year

Ahead of her sold-out performance at Knebworth House this month, pop icon, gardener, DJ and presenter Kim Wilde discusses Christmas past and present and being happier than ever in the village of Codicote

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Some of the huge wine selection at FL Dickins

Christmas shopping in Rickmansworth

With its picturesque waterways and pretty streets, it’s no surprise that Rickmansworth has been used as a location for film and TV. This month, on and around its attractive High Street, visitors will find plenty of unusual shops offering a wide range of Christmas gifts and goodies

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Chocolatier Lassiters has over 100 years experience

10 festive tasty treats made in Herts

Sandra Smith goes in search of delicious festive food for gifts and entertaining, all made here in the county

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St Albans Christmas Fair. Photo: Brian Cooke

Christmas family events in the county

Whether you are on the lookout for a special gift, homemade produce, unique crafted decorations or just to get in the Christmas spirit, Hertfordshire has a stuffed stocking of destinations and events that fit the bill. Here are some of the best

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Cinderella, Radlett Centre

Pantos, plays and pirouettes: The essential guide to Herts’ seasonal theatre

It’s the season of cheer and goodwill and thoughts turn to a good old dose of shouting and booing. Well, and laughter, clapping, singing and people in very bright costumes and outrageous wigs. Yes, its panto time again and here’s your guide to the best in the county as well as seasonal theatre and ballet

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December image from the A-T Society's first fundraising calendar

Soldiers make a date for A-T

Harpenden-based children’s charity the A-T Society is celebrating the launch of its first fundraising calendar, produced in conjunction with six British servicemen who served in Afghanistan and volunteered to help

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British from the 11th Brigade 4th division with German soldiers at Ploegsteert in Belgium on Christmas Day 1914. © The Art Archive / Alamy

Herts and the Christmas Truce 1914

What really happened at The Christmas Truce of 1914? Historian Debbie Coupland looks at the extraordinary events on the Western Front during the first December of the Great War

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Heritage Foundation chairman Colin Chatfield with Theo Guy, executive chef at Cultivo Lounge

Letchworth means business

Letchworth is poised to enter a new era thanks to the creation of its Business Improvement District. Patsy Hudson looks at the task ahead

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Highbury Farm lamb

The fine foodie’s alternative Christmas dinner

Sharon Struckman recommends a change from turkey this year – Hertfordshire farm lamb for the Christmas table

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Darren Jordan

Business profile: Darren Jordan

The partner at accountants Kingston Smith, St Albans gives an insight into his challenges, ethos and insprirations

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