It's the season that sees joy and happiness being spread around and celebrities joined in the on the festivities. Roxy Jacenko posted a sweet photo (centre) with husband Oliver Curtis and the kids as they relished a Christmas together after Oliver was in jail for last year's big day. Alex Nation enjoyed a Christmas with her fiancee Maegan Luxa and her son Elijah (left). Lauren Brant sported a racy Christmas outfit as she and Barry Hall prepared to open a mountain of presents, while another former AFL great Chris Judd sent greetings from Canada where he, wife Bec, and the kids took shelter from the cold in a warm spa pool.
Christmas horror as a woman, 61, is found dead inside a burning home after a man is pulled out of the smouldering house alive while crashes and drownings claim five lives in just a day
A 61-year-old woman has been found dead inside a burning home after a man was pulled out of the smouldering house alive. Emergency services were called to a home at Tura Beach, Merimbula, on NSW's Far South Coast on about 12.30am on Christmas after a man woke to find smoke filling his bedroom. Two officers entered the burning building and found a 67-year-old man on the floor and helped him to safety, but the intensity of the fire prevented them from searching further. The number of Christmas tragedies has soared after a two-year-old boy drowned in a swimming pool, three died in a high-speed crash and a young boy died in a quad bike accident.
Tis' the season for fails! People share their hilarious and awkward Christmas disappointments - and they'll make you feel slightly better about your day
It's the season to be jolly but unfortunately, it doesn't always work out as planned. From burnt food and dead trees to broken ornaments and cutting the wrapping paper too short, the list of Christmas fails are endless this year. Fortunately, people are seeing the funny side to their disappointment by sharing their photographs on social media showing how their holiday cheer didn't live up to expectation. Here, Femail rounds up some of the hilarious and awkward fails that will sure make you feel slightly better about your day.
Doting dad Mike Tindall keeps a careful eye on his adorable daughter Mia, three, as they attend a Christmas party in Sydney with Zara - a year after the couple's tragic miscarriage
While the rest of the royals, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, gather at the royal Sandringham estate in Norfolk, Zara and Mike Tindall (centre) are on the other side of the world in Australia. Pictured along with their young daughter Mia (pictured right and far left), the Tindalls appear to have opted for a low-key Christmas. It's exactly a year ago today that the couple announced, on Christmas Eve 2016, that they had tragically lost their second baby. Zara, 36, and her husband Mike, 39, were today spotted taking Mia, wearing an adorable green dress, to a Christmas party in Sydney. The family looked subdued as they strolled in the sunshine, carrying presents and a festive pudding.
Dreaming of a white sandy Christmas! French backpacker couple tie the knot at a Gold Coast beach in 32C heat - and the bride even walked down a candy cane aisle
A young couple were certainly feeling the heat when they tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in front of hundreds of beachgoers on Christmas Eve. French backpackers David and Audrey Le Sergent - who have been travelling around Australia for 18 months - got married at Burleigh Beach on the Gold Coast on Sunday. As scoring temperatures soar to a sizzling 32 degrees, the bride wore white as she walked down the sandy candy cane aisle to meet her husband-to-be.
Where's Meghan? The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh lead the Royal Family to church at Sandringham for Christmas Eve service but there's no sign of Harry and his girl
The royal family officially started their festive holiday this morning as they arrived at St. Mary Magdalene Church ahead of the traditional Christmas Eve service. A sprightly-looking Duke of Edinburgh, 96, led the way with the Queen, dressed in an elegant blue skirt-suit, closely behind. Other royals in attendance included Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne. (Pictured: Prince Philip and Prince Andrew arriving at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham. Right, the Queen. Inset: Princess Anne, Beatrice and Eugenie)
Hilarious prank or pure stupidity? The dramatic moment an internet prankster plunges two storeys from a balcony into iconic Bondi Beach pool while pretending to be a salmon
Internet prankster Luke Erwin jumped off the Sydney's Bondi Icebergs balcony two storeysinto the pool metres from other swimmers, tucking his arms to his sides and wriggling like a jumping salmon, to the shock of onlooking families. He was dared by partner in crime Jackson O'Doherty as part of a compilation of the pair jumping into water - or a pallet of bottles - whenever the other wanted.
'It's like winning the birth lottery': Christmas babies reveal what its REALLY like celebrating a birthday on December 25 - and it's not as bad as you think
Daily Mail Australia spoke to Christmas babies who revealed the ups and downs of being born on December 25. Sophie Stafford (left), a mental health worker from Rouse Hill in Sydney's north-west, will turn 24 on December 25. The day is extra special for Ms Stafford because she shares her birthday with her twin brother. Brett Thomson (right), a roofer at Konka Construction in Port Macquarie said he used to feel 'ripped off as a kid' but as he grew older he has learnt to embrace his birthday.
Pets do the darnedest things! Australia's funniest cats and dogs get caught chasing tail, reading the paper, and stealing wallets - so which is YOUR favourite?
NEW The pet sitting site Pawshake has revealed its 10 finalists for funniest pet in Australia. The video submissions feature pups trying to catch balls, furiously doggy paddling, and playing dress up. The finalists also include two unlucky kittens who get stuck while pawing at toys and flies.
Is it a Christmas miracle? Meet the family of seven with FOUR children who are the same age for just three weeks every December... so can you work out how?
There is no doubt Christmas is a hectic time of the year and it's even more chaotic for one unique Queensland family-of-seven (left). Mel and Pat King have five teenage children and four of them are the same age (top and bottom right) for three weeks every December - and they're not quadruplets. This Christmas, the King's have a house full of four 13-year-olds and one 17-year-old.'We have to wrap our head back around it every year,' Mrs King told Daily Mail Australia. 'It's busy with the presents and making sure everyone is even.'
Baby's first holiday! Turia Pitt shares her first family photograph on Christmas Day just weeks after giving birth to a boy
Young mother Turia Pitt has shared her first family photograph on Christmas Day (right) just weeks after giving birth to a baby son. The 30-year-old burns survivor lovingly gazed at her newborn boy Hakavai as her partner Michael Hoskin smiled at the camera. Taking to Instagram on December 25, the happy Australian family-of-three shared the intimate picture as they celebrate their first Christmas together.
Schapelle Corby's first Australian Christmas in 14 YEARS: Bali drug trafficker, 40, decorates the tree, meets Santa Claus and plays with her new puppy… after last celebrating the holidays at home in 2003
Few Australians will know what it's like to celebrate the holidays in 'Hotel Kerobokan'. But for 10 years, from 2004 to 2013, Schapelle Corby was forced to spend the festive season behind bars in Bali's most notorious prison. But after her release on parole in 2014 and subsequent deportation in May this year, the former beauty student is now enjoying her first Australian Christmas since 2003. The Gold Coast native, 40, has offered her loyal supporters a glimpse of her Christmas plans using her preferred media channel: Instagram. In the past few days, Schapelle and her family members have been sharing festive snaps of themselves preparing for the holidays. Over the weekend, Schapelle shared a photo (pictured left) of herself sitting on Santa's lap. She also appears absolutely smitten with her pet pooch Lucille (inset), who is now a regular fixture on her popular Instagram account. It is believed Schapelle enjoyed a festive trip to the Movie World theme park on the Gold Coast over the weekend too. She was pictured there with her younger sister Melenae, in a photo posted to older sister Mercedes' Instagram account on Sunday. Schapelle was arrested at Bali's Ngurah Rai airport on October 8, 2004 after customs officers found 4.1kg of marijuana wrapped in plastic inside her boogie board bag. She has always maintained her innocence, denying the drugs belonged to her and insisting they were planted without her knowledge. She was sentenced to 20 years at her 2005 trial, spending almost a decade in prison.
Looking to renovate in the New Year? The top children's bedroom trends for 2018, revealed by an interior designer
FEMAIL spoke to leading Sydney-based interior designer, Kristy Withers, of Incy Interiors , to find out what the top trends are for children's bedrooms in 2018. According to the expert, the next 12 months will see a rise in popularity with metallics (top right), millennial pink (bottom left), unicorns (bottom right) and more. FEMAIL takes a look.
What lies beneath! Shocking moment an alligator attacks a dog paddling in muddy waters and the pooch lets out an agonizing wail
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. This is the shocking moment a dog was brutalized by an alligator. Video shows the dog approaching a small, muddy pond in an unidentified location. A woman, perhaps his owner, films him wading into the pond. But his curious observation of the pond came to an abrupt end when an alligator leaped from the pond's depths and attacked.
The unusual Christmas lunch that 2.1 MILLION Australians will tuck into this year... and you won't believe what's missing (or how cheap it is!)
A record number of Australians will be tucking into cruelty free Christmas feasts this year as demand for faux meat hits an 'unprecedented' all-time high. Sales of fake roasts, sausages and burger patties have skyrocketed, with some stores reporting a massive 50% increase in demand in the lead-up to the festive period. Increased availability of tasty non-meat products and rising awareness of animal suffering have been pegged main reasons for 2.1 million Australians now following a 100% plant based diet.
Student, 19, who answered sugar daddy website ad for 'governess with model appearance' is raped and strangled to death before her clingfilm-wrapped body is found in Siberian woods
A 19-year-old Russian student has been found strangled to death with her body wrapped in clingfilm after responding to an advertisement for a 'governess' with a 'model appearance'. Kristina Prikhodko (pictured left and inset) was missing for two days before her body was discovered in a forest (pictured right) close to Siberia's largest city. The student had been sexually attacked before being strangled to death, say police, who have arrested two men, both aged 28, on suspicion of murder. They warned about men using advertisements to lure young women for sex under false pretences. It is known that Kristina had posted revealing pictures of herself and was this year registered on a site where women can meet 'sugar daddies'. Her naked body was wrapped in clingfilm and put inside a zip-up bag which was found on snow-covered ground dumped close to a reservoir on the River Ob near Novosibirsk city. Two men caught driving a car in which the body was transported were later arrested on suspicion of murder.
Does billionaire get a triple word score? Rupert Murdoch and wife Jerry Hall kick off the festive season with a Scrabble match
Rupert Murdoch and his wife Jerry Hall have kicked off the festive season with a spot of Scrabble. The media mogul, who is worth an estimated $12 billion, and his 61-year-old wife were snapped playing the board game on Christmas Eve as they celebrated with family in London. Rupert and the former model were pictured sitting in a cozy living room as they rearranged pieces on the Scrabble board on Sunday. Jerry's daughter Georgia May Jagger earlier posted a selfie to her Instagram story with her dogs with the caption: 'They are already fighting about Scrabble'.
Raped and murdered for 'wearing a short skirt': Police reveal what Uber driver told them after he was arrested over death of British diplomat in Beirut as sordid details of his life emerge
EXCLUSIVE: Chilling photographs unearthed by MailOnline show the suspected killer of Rebecca Dykes (right) posing with a gun and in a separate but equally disturbing piece of footage, Tarek Hawchieh (left), 36, appears to perform a sex act on a fish. He is currently in police custody after the body of Miss Dykes was found dumped at the side of a road in Beirut, Lebanon (inset, the scene). Hawchieh has reportedly confessed, according to a senior police source who claims the taxi driver told officers he thought the British diplomat would be ‘easy to rape’ because she was foreign and was wearing a short skirt.
Merry Hisstmas! Family terrified to find a deadly venomous SNAKE curled up among the presents under their tree
A couple in Maitland found a little extra surprise under their pile of holiday gifts on Sunday afternoon - but it definitely wasn't on anyone's Christmas list. John spotted a red-bellied black snake (pseudechis porphyriacus) wriggling across the floor eventually seeking shelter next to a pile of gifts under the Christmas tree. But the reptile had actually been indoors for about a week - his wife had caught sight of it several days ago, but it was moving too quickly and evaded capture.
Can YOU spot the single Santa hat in this scene? Bird-themed Christmas puzzle that'll leave you flummoxed (even before a festive tipple!)
Hungarian cartoonist Gergely Dudas, better known as Dudolf, has hidden a red Santa hat somewhere in this festive scene - but it is deceptively difficult to find. The artist became an online sensation when his brainteaser featuring a panda and snowmen swept the internet two years ago, and he has kept followers entertained with similarly tricky puzzles ever since.
REVEALED: Shane Smith bought a $23 MILLION L.A. compound and dropped $300K on steak and sushi dinner while underpaid Vice workers endured toxic work environment
The man who served as the public face for Vice Media was living it up in a $23 million Santa Monica compound while his employees were reportedly being underpaid. Shane Smith bought the property known as Villa Ruchello in Santa Monica back in 2015, which is located on 3.35 acres of land and had been previously featured in the television series Entourage. He and his wife then put millions more into renovating the three homes on the property, which total 14,000 square feet and features 12 bedrooms, 12.5 bathrooms. a pool and stunning views. The same year he bought the compound, Smith also dropped $300,000 on steak and sushi at Bellagio's Prime Steakhouse in Vegas.
The man who REALLY knows Victoria's secrets! 'Luckiest photographer in the world' has spent 20 years taking photos behind the scenes at the annual fashion show
For the past 20 years, one photographer has had exclusive access to the more than 300 Victoria's Secret angels during their iconic holiday season fashion show. Photographer Russell James has had the privilege of being backstage photographing the world's top models including the likes of Bella Hadid, Miranda Kerr, Kendall Jenner, Gisele, Naomi Campbell and the list goes on. His new book titled, Backstage Secrets: A Decade Behind the Scenes at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, is full to the brim of the 'sexiest' backstage images from his many years working as a photographer at the major event.
Bel Air mansion becomes America's most expensive home at $500m while $85m Beverley Hills pad rivals it with a Cristal-filled cellar and FREE Lamborghini
Three homes in the hills of Los Angeles showcase extravagant luxury unlike anything seen before. Pictured main is a home deemed ‘The One,’ which is expected to go on sale in mid-2018 with an asking price of $500million. If sold anywhere near that price, it will likely become the most expensive home in America. Photographs from the New York Times show the 100,000-square-foot house in Bel Air that, among other perks, has a nightclub complete with its own V.I.P room, 20 bedrooms including a 5,500-square-foot master suite, between four and seven swimming pools depending on one's definition (does the moat and indoor spa count?), five elevators and a beauty salon. Also on the market is the 21,000-square foot Opus, in Beverly Hills and on sale for $85million. The home includes $12million worth of Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce vehicles. Pictured inset top left is a gold Lamborghini. At top right and bottom right are two inside views of Opus. Another home, which does not have a name, features a statue of a gold giraffe (not pictured).
Quad a Merry Christmas! Quadruplets who defied 70million-to-one odds to be born look forward to their first festive season together (while mum just wants a nice sleep)
Quadruplets who defied 70million-to-one odds to be born are looking forward to their first festive season together. Carla Crozier gave birth to two sets of identical twins named Isla, Demi, Alyse and Milla 12 weeks early in March. Now they are nine months old and their 35-year-old mother is looking forward to getting a nice sleep at Christmas at the family home in Grays, Essex. She told the Mirror: 'I look at each of them and I get butterflies in my tummy thinking: 'Wow, I've got four babies and I love them so much'. But it's tough! It's a constant job and I never get five spare minutes to myself.'
When Google Earth goes wrong! From a two-headed dog to a headless man - what happens when the internet giant's very clever mapping technology FAILS
Photos from all over the world show some of the funniest and bizarre distortions created by Google Earth. The technology struggles with moving images, meaning a woman relaxing on a beach ends up looking like an abstract piece of art. (Pictured from top left, clockwise: A cat looks like a whole new species all together, this woman enjoys a beer on the beach but loses half of her body and her head, a lady in this photo looks like something from a science fiction film in this google earth image, a sightseer is nothing more than a floating head with arms as she takes a photo, a man's arm appears to be coming out of his face as he is captured at this tourist spot and one woman's head merges into her back and she loses her arm as she suns herself on a beach)
Dramatic moment 200 skiers are rescued from chair lifts above French Alps resort after being trapped for two hours
Rescue operations were underway on Sunday afternoon at the Chamrousse Ski Resort in the eastern Isere region of France after the lift broke down at about 3pm local time. Video shared by those caught up in the incident showed rescuers hanging from ropes from helicopters, swinging back and forth near the stationary bubbles. No injuries were reported and rescues were complete by 5.30pm. Violaine Demaret, the prefecture official, says two civil security helicopters dropped rescue personnel over every car to open the roof hatches, release the skiers inside and lower them down to safety with ropes.
'I never believed in fate - clearly we're destined to be together!': Couple are stunned to discover they were long lost childhood sweethearts after spotting EACH OTHER in 20-year-old holiday snaps
EXCLUSIVE: Heidi and Ed Savitt, 26, from London, had no idea about their fateful meeting aged six until Heidi's mother mentioned a 'holiday romance' with a boy called Ed and found the long-forgotten photos(left). The couple, who live in London, met in 2011 at Newcastle University(top) and married at Haddon Hall in Derbyshire in August(bottom, Ed and Heidi exchange rings; right, they kiss in the Elizabethan gardens after the ceremony).
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Don't look down! Gallery of comedy rollercoaster photographs show thrillseekers mid-ride - and while some wear looks of sheer terror, others are so bored they're playing CHESS
People from across the world have been sharing the funniest roller coaster pictures of all time in a hilarious online gallery. Pictured clockwise from top left: Two men enjoy a cup of tea, some play Jenga, another two play chess, a group read books, a man poses in a balaclava and a little boy looks terrified.
The greatest Snapchats of 2017 have been revealed and they are pure comedy gold. Perfectly timed photos with witty captions from throughout the year have been shared from all over the world. Pictured top left clockwise: a Coachella cactus, very grassy pooch, a lab in a lab, one poor dog got rained on, a mother couldn't figure out their child's weird sticker and a miserable cat made it very clear that it did not want to be friends with a horse.
Hundreds of fatherless brides in India tie the knot as diamond tycoon funds their weddings in a mass celebration
The mass wedding in Surat in the western state of Gujarat, India, featured 251 young couples, including five Muslim couples, a Christian couple and two women who are HIV positive. The celebration was hosted by Indian diamond trader Mahesh Savani. Savani, who believes that giving away brides is a blessing from God, has been funding and organising mass weddings for fatherless women in Surat every year since 2012. He performs the Hindu wedding ritual of 'Kanyadaan' - the practice of giving away one's daughter in marriage.
Duvet know it's Christmas? Twitter users reveal the rubbish bedrooms they are forced to sleep in when they travel to their parents to celebrate
We've all been there. Arriving at our parents' house on Christmas eve, fatigued after an exhausting journey, almost euphoric at the thought of family comfort and roast turkey. But then the thought comes: where am I going to sleep tonight? Twitter users have shared their unusual sleeping arrangement (all pictured) with writer Rhodri Marsden in a tradition entering its seventh year. Marsden - who plays with Leeds-based post-punk band Scritti Politti - tweeted an image of the duvet that greeted him when he returned to his childhood home for Christmas in 2011. Inadvertently, his humorous post sparked a Twitter storm with people using the hashtag #duvetknowitschristmas to share similar photos.