Why do people buy Panettone at Christmas?

I pride myself on dealing with important questions on Diary of the Dad. So here's one that has been troubling me for years. Why do people buy Panettone at Christmas? For ten months or so, it vanishes from our thoughts. But then, as December approaches, it suddenly appears again. People go mad for it, leaving me flummoxed. Why? ...

My five festive fails

I've been a parent for over seven years. I've also been blogging about it for the same amount of time. You'd think that writing about my experience of parenting would focus my thoughts and improve my approach as a result. Well if recent events are anything to go by, I've learned nothing. In my defence - ...

Five Christmas songs that don’t make my playlist

One of the joys of working from home is that I don't hear too many Christmas songs too early. Still, as we're getting closer to the big day, I've been enjoying a few here and there. The likes of Slade, Wizzard and The Darkness have, of course, got a decent amount of airtime. There are certain tracks, ...

Cleaning up for Christmas

As our house is up for sale at the moment, I'm no stranger to cleaning in a hurry. We often receive calls about viewings at short notice so I'm always ready to scrub things. With three children around, there's usually a mess somewhere. While I'm far from being a clean freak, I always have things close to hand to get ...