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• “We will have a real tree, and throw up a few min­i­mal dec­o­ra­tions with­out go­ing over­board,” says Marnie. “I won’t put up tin­sel but a dec­o­ra­tion I bought in Copen­hagen — a white papier-mâché horse — and other things in white or neu­tral colours. I’ll pull off a lit­tle holly from our tree for the ta­ble, giv­ing a hint of Christ­mas.” • Marnie aims for a re­laxed pic­nic-ta­ble Christ­mas where com­pany is more im­por­tant than tra­di­tion. “I want to keep things light and loose — it’s about hav­ing the peo­ple here.” • The meal will con­sist of the cou­ple’s own pro­duce, as well as guests’ dishes. “Ev­ery­one will bring a dish, but it’s not so much about the food,” says Marnie. “I’ve been a vege­tar­ian for 20 years but if any­one wants ham or a bar­be­cue they can or­gan­ise it. We’ll have lots of wine, pavlova and pas­sion­fruit sponge, and Mum makes a great le­mon tart — maybe I could con­vince her to make it part of the new tra­di­tion!”

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