Happy Christ­mas…

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the sen­ti­ments can be con­veyed in a num­ber of ways – the ex­change of beau­ti­fully wrapped gifts, the shar­ing of a care­fully pre­pared meal, an evening of cel­e­bra­tory carol singing – but one of the most tra­di­tional ways of ac­knowl­edg­ing the sea­son has been through send­ing cards to friends and fam­ily. I love re­ceiv­ing them, partly as a re­minder of the peo­ple I care about and also be­cause I like to dec­o­rate my home with them: my daugh­ters laugh at my habit of group­ing cards to cor­re­spond with the colour scheme of each room. In this is­sue, we doc­u­ment the history be­hind the cus­tom, as well as cel­e­brat­ing all the other favourite tra­di­tions, from gath­er­ing green­ery to pulling crack­ers. And if you are look­ing for unique ideas for presents, dec­o­ra­tions, cards and giftwrap, join us at the Coun­try Liv­ing Christ­mas Fair – al­ways a won­der­ful day out (see pages 30 and 121 for more de­tails). May I take this op­por­tu­nity, on be­half of all the team at Coun­try Liv­ing, to wish you a very merry Christ­mas!

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