Angels are integral to our Christmas tradition, from featuring in nativity scenes and carols to adorning the top of the tree, but few are aware of their pre-biblical origins. These mythical messengers are a mixture of Christianity, folklore and marketing – as Ed West explains. To learn more about the…

Best Christmas puddings

Preparing the festive feast can be stressful for even the most experienced country cook. So it’s best to know when to opt for shop-bought. If you missed Stir-Up Sunday this year and are still without the inclination to wield the wooden spoon, take your pick of the 6 best Christmas…

Best Christmas turkeys

The shop shelves may be laden with them, but picking out the best Christmas turkey will make your festive feast one to remember. Choose from The Field’s pick of the best Christmas turkeys. And have it delivered straight to your front door for the 25th. The turkey may be the…

A darkened cathedral and the boy treble’s solo in Once in Royal David’s City is one of the most special Christmas moments for many. Cathedral choirs mark the true start of the festivities, says Matthew Dennison. Carol singing may be a moment to relax over Christmas but everything can easily…

Guide to Christmas

Father Christmas may have his elves on hand but for us mere mortals, Christmas can become quite the festive frenzy. With presents to buy, cards to send and a festive feast to plan, shortcuts and simple methods are absolutely necessary. Fortunately, The Field has the answer to every Christmassy question.…

Christmas puddings

With Stir Up Sunday this weekend, country cooks are reaching for their wooden spoons to stir the pud and make a wish. But, as Hattie Ellis discovers, Christmas puddings have come a long way from their medieval origins. And the shop shelves are practically groaning with the array on offer…

Best alternatives to Christmas pudding

Christmas pudding isn’t everyone’s favourite offering at the festive feast, but don’t let the nay-sayers go hungry. So follow The Field’s recipes for the best alternatives to Christmas pudding. With boozy brownies, a fruitcake from the WI and biscotti for the smalls, there will be a Christmas pud for everyone.…

Potted spiced meat

Winter chutney is the perfect match for a feast of cold meats. Save it to enjoy with your Christmas day leftovers and you won’t tire of cold turkey and ham until well into the new year. Cling onto the festivities by enjoying it in turkey sandwiches packaged up for a…

Fried scallop canapés with sloe gin, nutmeg and speck

These fried scallop canapés with sloe gin, nutmeg and speck are so decadently rich they are perfect for Christmas day. They can be made in the morning and only need cooking for a couple of minutes before serving, meaning you can put on delicious canapés without missing any of the…

Fig, chocolate and cognac cake

This fig, chocolate and cognac cake is perfect for the festive season. It keeps well up to four days and it is suitable for freezing, making it a great offering for when an unexpected guest arrives for tea. For more festive sweet treats, try our Christmas brownies with hazelnuts and…