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It's Christmas! Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas to all of our readers and a very happy new year:

The Scientist’s Guide to Christmas: Part II

How often can we expect a white Christmas in the future? Do women buy better presents than men? ScienceNordic have answers for these and other Christmas-related mysteries.

The Scientist’s Guide to Christmas

How do reindeers fly? Why does Santa not burn up when travelling at such high-speeds? ScienceNordic have answers for these and other Christmas-related mysteries.

Secrets of a traditional Norwegian Christmas sausage

Making sausages is not just a question of good ingredients and skill. There’s a little science involved, too.

Researchers receive 40 million euros for Christmas

Grants have been raining down on Danish science in the lead-up to Christmas. The majority of the money has gone to young talents.

Norwegian Christmas food spills its beans

During Christmas you may begin to wonder if the patties really contain pork, the herring in the tomato sauce really is herring, if the sausages contain beef, or if the Christmas anchovies have anchovies in them.

OPINION: The Christmas tree's carbon footprint

Trees store carbon dioxide. How bad is it really to chop down a spruce tree and put it in the living room for Christmas?

Mum and dad least equal at christmas

The greatest gender differences occur during Christmas preparations. There will be no magical Christmas without mum's efforts.

Santa is as trustworthy as a doctor

Danish researchers have studied whether Santa Claus is trustworthy and friendly by comparing him with a doctor. Santa does well, the study concludes.

Rudolph's eyes turn blue for Christmas

Everyone talks about Rudolph the reindeer’s red nose. But the most remarkable thing about reindeer is that their eyes change colour in the winter from gold to blue.

Brain scans look for Christmas spirit

A series of scientific studies in the weirder end of the spectrum can be found in the Christmas edition of a Danish medical journal.