It's (almost) the most wonderful time of the year. The reaping of the annual advent calendar chocolate crop has begun, deliberately nonchalant turkeys are casting nervous glances at farmers and grandparents across the country are adopting their usual 'one for me, one for you' approach to topping their Christmas cake up with brandy.

This festive season, we have an extravaganza for you. From now until Christmas Day we'll be running our annual Christmas Countdown, with quizzes, special blogs and loads more that will not only help to ready you for the big day, but also give you more of an insight into our records and how to get the most from them.

Stay tuned over the coming weeks, and join us on our festive family history journey this holiday season.

Happy almost Christmas everyone, and thanks for all of your support in 2015!