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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.

If you would like to see your house in homes+ please con­tact us at home­s­plus­mag@bauer-me­dia.com.au

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.

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