Boxing Day and beyond: how to use up Christmas leftovers

Recipes: Dreading the thought of turkey sandwiches? Fear not! With help from Jack Monroe, turn your leftovers into these delicious Boxing Day pasties. We've also rounded up Mumsnetters' best culinary brainwaves for the days following Christmas - from paella to pizza.

Sales bargains: what you need to know

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The sales are here! For the best chance of picking up a bargain, read Mumsnetters' tips when buying household and beauty appliances  - and don't forget to help other parents out by reviewing anything you buy or have been given!

Crank up the Christmas tunes

Bust out the mince pies, pour the bubbly and slip on your dancing shoes. We've compiled our ultimate Christmas playlist - and it's a corker.


Festive treats and tipples

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The big day is over - but for many, the party's just getting started. If you're hosting over the next few days, or thinking ahead to New Year's Eve, browse our suggestions for what to serve.

New Year's Eve celebrations near you

Local: Whether you want to see in the New Year as a family or have booked a babysitter for the evening, our Local editors have found the best parties and events to welcome 2015 in your area.



Christmas as a single parent: 'the kids have adapted'

Guest post: Christmas can be a difficult for separated parents - here, Lottie Lomas shares how her family have acclimatised, and why she'll be keeping Christmas alive in her home, despite not having her children with her.

A new mum's Christmas Carol

Guest post: Having got the baby, and herself, to sleep, MN blogger Wry Mummy is rudely awoken by the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future - and they deliver a gentle reminder of what Christmas is really about.


The Mumsnet Poncetastic Christmas Quiz

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Quiz: Tree kitsch and wrapping kraft? Or are you going trad with holly and homemade baubles? Find out just how pretentious your Christmas is on the MN Poncetastic scale, with our Christmas quiz.

Feeling poorly? Try these feelgood tips

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Winter colds: It's never nice to see little ones under the weather. Mumsnetters share some simple tips for comforting kids and making the whole family feel a bit better.


Review of the Month competition: win a hotel break

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Fancy a luxurious overnight stay for two to start the new year? At the Jesmond Dene House Hotel, you'll get bed and breakfast, plus a glass of champagne. To enter, simply write a review. What are you waiting for?

Giving Week 2014: your donations made a difference

Find out how the money raised by Mumsnetters throughout Giving Week earlier this year helped make a difference to five amazing causes, chosen by you.


The magic of light this Christmas

SolarAid

SolarAid: Imagine you had no electricity to light your home at night. No playtime or study time for your kids. No way to cook, to work, to live. Yet the magic of just one solar light can change everything.

Book giveaway: The Bookstore

The Bookstore

We've got 100 copies of The Bookstore to give away this week. When Esme discovers she's pregnant whilst studying in Manhattan, she starts work at a small bookstore to make ends meet.



Competitions - brilliant family prizes

December's prizes include a cookery course worth up to £500, £100 worth of supermarket vouchers, a family ski holiday, a Christmas hamper, £500 of Love2Shop vouchers and loads more.

Baby names: your one-stop shop

Baby

Baby name finder: Still racking your brains for the perfect moniker? Consult our baby name finder for information, inspiration, and a before-it's-too-late objective view.


Potty training your toddler

Get advice on helping your toddler make the transition from nappies to pants, without too many accidents. From how to know when your child is ready to getting through nights - with minimal stress.

Getting pregnant - advice and tips

Ovulation

Chart your fertile dates with our ovulation calendar, try the tips on our advice pages, and talk to others in the same boat on our conception boards.