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Wel­come to the Christ­mas edi­tion of homes+, an is­sue with as many bells, whis­tles and baubles as we could fit into the pages. Our mis­sion was to bring you the best ideas and in­spi­ra­tion to help you make, cel­e­brate and dec­o­rate your way to a mag­i­cal Christ­mas. I hope you feel as ex­cited about the fes­tive sea­son when you read this is­sue as we did putting it to­gether.

One of the things I love about Christ­mas is cre­at­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and mak­ing mem­o­ries. I still feel warm and fuzzy look­ing at this photo of my son and the cookie tree I made for a party we had about seven years ago.

With my home ren­o­va­tion com­plete and a new guest room, we have some of our New Zealand family com­ing to stay, and I can’t wait. We’re usu­ally the ones who are go­ing away, so I don’t go over­board on decorating the house – but this year I can go for it!

In this is­sue we also get a glimpse of how other peo­ple cel­e­brate. Our read­ers’ homes this month are all burst­ing with great ideas and fes­tive touches to steal. Loren’s tree, on the cover, is beau­ti­fully adorned with pink and white flow­ers. She says the an­nual family out­ing to the Christ­mas tree farm is a high­light of their cal­en­dar (see how to recre­ate her Christ­mas look on page 46).

Syd­neysider Jodi’s mem­o­ries of cook­ing and decorating the tree with her mum make this her favourite time of year. As you’ll see, she loves DIY and craft projects and al­ways hangs a stun­ning wreath or two (make her pom­pom and ivy one on page 67).

There are far too many fab­u­lous ideas in this is­sue to men­tion here, but I feel con­fi­dent that you will feel in­spired and ex­cited by the time you have fin­ished read­ing.

From the homes+ team, we wish you a peace­ful, happy and mag­i­cal Christ­mas.

Mylit­tle­helper... Last year ’s kids’ ta­ble

Home­grown ta­ble idea

Know some­one who would love homes+ as a Christ­mas gift? See page 68 for de­tails.

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