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The festive spirit • Christmas with The Australian Women’s Weekly host Sarah Harris reflects on the year that was – and what she hopes lies ahead.
A time to celebrate • As we near the end of the 2021 roller-coaster, our favourite stars reflect on why the holiday season has never been more important to them.
A ray of light • When a drunk driver struck seven children from one family, killing four, their devastated parents stunned the world by forgiving him. The Abdallahs speak about the joy and strength that family still brings them, and reveal the very special new reason they have to smile.
MIRANDA TAPSELL The greatest gift of all • When December 25 rolls around, Miranda Tapsell will be taking on her biggest role to date – that of mum. She reveals her roller-coaster road to pregnancy and her hopes and dreams for her much longed-for first baby.
AUSSIE SPORTSWOMEN MAKE A SPLASH! • 2021 has been a golden year for Aussie sportswomen and their victories have lifted our spirits. For that, The Weekly says thank you!
Royal insider • Behind Palace gates with Juliet Rieden
Our heroes of 2021 • This year has tested us beyond measure, but we’ve seen everyday Australians rise to its challenges in courageous, heartfelt and inspiring ways. The Weekly pays tribute to some of those everyday heroes.
Songs to heal the soul • “As soon as we began to play, people would stop and say thank you, and sometimes cry.”
Saving lives in the Red Centre • “I had this intuitive feeling that if the virus came to Central Australia, it would cause absolute devastation ... ”
The power of people & science • “I kept thinking to myself, as hard as it is, this is a very special time in our history.”
Together we’re powerful • After enduring a traumatic and very public ordeal, former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins has become a catalyst for change.
Delivering hope • A group of volunteers is helping the vulnerable in the community through food and friendship.
MEET OUR WINNER • After years battling to save tigers, parrots and other threatened species, our Women of the Future winner, Camille Goldstone-Henry, decided to get out of the jungle and into an office. Now she’s developed a program to super-power conservation projects everywhere.
Holidays at home • With kids home from school for months and travel off the agenda, these country families got creative in their own backyards.
The lost art of play • For many, having fun at Christmas falls off the bottom of our endless to-do lists. Here, Jo Hartley explores how we can reconnect with our sense of play.
Joanna Lumley “I think the world of The Queen” • Joanna Lumley believes in the mystery of monarchy, thinks The Crown TV series is “rubbish” and sees The Queen as the mother of the nation. In a fascinating interview, the 75-year-old talks about royalty, growing wiser and why we must teach our children better.
I wish I may, I wish I might ... • The world changed irrevocably over the past two years, but for critically ill children and their families, the pandemic was just another challenge. Fortunately, those who bring happiness and hope didn’t change; they worked even harder.
DREW BARRYMORE FINDING HOME • Drew Barrymore’s life has been dominated by movies, but as the pandemic raged she realised home is where her heart is. She snuggled down with her daughters, some chickens, and penned a cookbook. This is her story ...
The Greensborough pool miracle • Nothing evokes a Christmas epiphany like a new public pool and a packet of Alpines.
Friendship without borders • Fragile friendships...