The night be­fore Christ­mas

NZ House & Garden - - HOMES -

On Christ­mas Eve: We’ll have about 15 peo­ple for din­ner and to stay the night. Af­ter the grand­chil­dren have been put to bed we’ll light lots of can­dles, sit around and have a few glasses of bub­bles and Christ­mas carols.

We have two trees: One is our “nos­tal­gia tree” dec­o­rated with or­na­ments from our trav­els and oth­ers that hold spe­cial fam­ily mem­o­ries. Then we’ll have a real tree that suits the style of our home, with nat­u­ral, wooden decorations.

On the menu: We’re all food­ies and so we like to try some­thing dif­fer­ent each Christ­mas, but we al­most al­ways have our favourite cheese­cake – it’s a sim­ple recipe but ev­ery­body loves it. Patty Co­ley

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