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The chang­ing of the months don’t come nearly as dra­mat­i­cally in Malaysia as it might in other less trop­i­cal cli­mates, but what a year it has been! It feels like just the blink of an eye, but here we are: De­cem­ber. Christ­mas­time, with the prospect of a brand new year to look for­ward in just one short month’s time!

As a child, I wished for months on end to see snow in our trop­i­cal cli­mate. Christ­mas then, to me, felt in­com­plete and some­what odd with­out the blan­ket of snow I was so used to see­ing on tele­vi­sion. Cel­e­brat­ing in the ab­sence of snow was sort of like Tues­days, or that odd pe­riod of list­less­ness just be­fore New Year’s Day, or the fi­nal hours of any long-hol­i­day week­end. It was Un­canny Val­ley, and I ab­so­lutely did not un­der­stand why.

It wasn’t un­til years later, when I was learned in the science of sea­sons and wholly im­mersed in the tra­di­tions of my fam­ily that I re­alised our cel­e­bra­tions were per­fect as they were. Lots of fam­ily time, punc­tu­ated with presents and chat­ter and all the good and hearty cheer the world has to of­fer. It’s a mag­i­cal time in­deed!

In the spirit of this, we hope the fea­tures we’ve put to­gether will help make your Christ­mas an equally en­joy­able cel­e­bra­tion. Turn to page 48 for our an­nual gift guide; and if you’re one for work­ing with your hands, turn to page 54 to find out how ana tomy make their lovely per­son­alised note­books. Also check out page 42 for dec­o­rat­ing tips from Denise Taojo-Kaur of Liv­ing DNA, and Wai Yan from Ever­more Cre­ative! We’ve also got some smash­ing recipes from Chef David Caral of Mer­cat Barcelona Gas­tro­bar with which to feed your fam­ily and friends, so do check them out on page 106.

As al­ways, we’ve got a col­lec­tion of homes to in­spire your next home makeover; we hope you’ll en­joy them as we move into this sea­son of giv­ing, friend­ship, and fam­ily!

Happy Christ­mas, also, friends! Re­mem­ber: Christ­mas for us may not be blan­keted in pure white snow, but oh, are they a feast of ab­so­lutely won­der­ful colour.


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