I love the preparation at home for Christmas – the actual event is over so quickly I think it’s my way of extending the excitement as long as possible. We usually hop across to my husband’s family in Christchurch, so for the last few years I’ve been doing lunch early in December with the same bunch of friends. It’s like a Christmas Day rehearsal. I pore over food mag Christmas issues, twinkle-up the tree and house, and plan the table. We eat outside (fingers crossed), then fall about laughing when my husband Nathan “arrives” in the garden on a bike, ho, ho, ho-ing and melting in a cheap felt suit. At least he doesn’t scare all the kids anymore now they’re a little older.
This year, as editor of homes+,
I began thinking about Christmas even earlier (oh yes, all my Christmases came at once!). Inside this special issue we have so many fabulous ideas to help personalise your Christmas without breaking the bank: everything from how to make floral wreaths and fa la la la la felt bunting to tree table decorations. I particularly love the way reader Paula has wrapped her children’s bedroom door like a present with giant ribbon (pg47). You will find hundreds of style ideas and tips, bargain gift ideas, delicious food and 30+ pages of readers’ homes to be inspired by.
Have a fabulous Christmas and see you in the New Year. METAL WORKS Industrial lamp, $39.99, from Typo. A great present at a great price.
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FESTIVE FOOD Jamie Oliver’s Christmas cookbook, $55 (Penguin Random House). Just a bit of a Jamie fan... (huge!)
SPOT ON Kids cushion cover, $39.95, from Zara Home. Pompoms and pink - double bliss.