The bumper Christmas issue on sale this week has something for all the family. Michael Morpurgo has written a charming Christmas story and Kit Hesketh-Harvey offers a survival guide for carol services; Michael Hall writes on the history of painting snow, Stephen Cleobury chooses his favourite painting and actor James Fox dips into Downton Abbey – plus a Downton Abbey frontispiece to boot! 

ALSO We look back at seasonal literature and revive the art of rearing your own ham, plus there’s the Editor’s Quiz, the big crossword and much, much more.

And look out for the FREE travel supplement which comes with the magazine which has some incredible travel ideas for 2014 including Burma, the Galapagos and wolf tracking in the Carpathian Mountains. 

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