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Stop! New Year is the time for filling your house with friends and feasting (AP)

The party must go on – yes, into February

The modern tendency is to start and end Christmas early. Let’s return to our roots and celebrate until Candlemas

The deeply pious Henry VI died in the Tower of London on May 21, 1471 (Photo: Mazur/

King Henry VI may not be a canonised saint but the miracles attributed to his intercession are legion

Fireworks explode over the floating Christmas tree in Lagoa lake (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Our Christian duty in January is clear, we must carry on celebrating

A detail from The Baptism of Christ  by Andrea del Verrocchio and Leonardo da Vinci

It is practically obligatory for Christians to take part in enthusiastic celebrations to mark the feast of St John the Baptist

Lichfield Cathedral: cathedrals still show signs of remarkable vitality (PA)

A salutary study of the state of Christianity in the United Kingdom

Youths stand by a bonfire, on the eve of John the Baptist day in Croatia (AP)

Riotous bonfires, a special mass and celebratory feasting should be at the heart of the ‘Summer Christmas’

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith

When Church leaders proclaim on matters of government policy they run the risk of coming unstuck