Cel­e­brate!

Woman & Home (South Africa) - - Contents - FRITH THOMAS Ed­i­to­rial Di­rec­tor, woman&home

Wish­ing you a Christ­mas filled with mo­ments to cher­ish with your fam­ily and friends, and just a lit­tle ‘me time’, too

Mak­ing this the year YOU en­joy Christ­mas – that’s what this is­sue is all about! Christ­mas burnout is a real thing, with many of us feel­ing fran­tic rather than fes­tive as the big day draws near. Want­ing it all to be per­fect, filled with mo­ments of joy for our loved ones, prob­a­bly lies at the root of it, but un­re­al­is­tic ex­pec­ta­tions and overly high stan­dards can cause havoc, say the ex­perts on page 28. It helps to think about the mem­o­ries of Christ­mases past that you cher­ish most. Chances are the beau­ti­fully wrapped gifts, per­fect roast pota­toes, or dec­o­rated home don’t fea­ture at all – in­stead, it’s likely about spe­cial mo­ments shared with friends and fam­ily.

To take all the has­sle out of Christ­mas plan­ning, we’ve come up with a bril­liant se­lec­tion of in­spir­ing ideas and clever short­cuts to help you breeze through the day. There’s ev­ery­thing from wow-fac­tor gifts (p55) and gor­geous ideas to dec­o­rate your home on page 120 (the fes­tive fi­esta is such fun!), to how to dress your ta­ble (p128) and last-minute prep tips (p107). Our food sec­tion on page 134 is re­ally fan­tas­tic, too. You’ll be tempted to cook – and try! – ev­ery dish there.

And, as our gift to you, we’ve in­cluded a free 2019 cal­en­dar with this is­sue – I re­ally hope you like it. From all of us at

woman&home, we wish you a merry Christ­mas, sur­rounded by fam­ily and filled with joy.

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