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Your Family - - Ed’s Letter - Fol­low me on Twit­ter @ja­ninecollins1 or email ja­[email protected]­ton.co.za

Your De­cem­ber is­sue is here and we hope you’re get­ting ready to put your feet up! It’s been a long month (ac­tu­ally, two!) of dec­o­rat­ing, wrap­ping, bak­ing, and roast­ing… let me tell you, nar­row­ing down the myr­iad ideas our creative and food teams had when we started plan­ning this fes­tive is­sue is no easy task. Creative over­load is a bit of an oc­cu­pa­tional hazard if you’re in my seat, but as prob­lems go, it’s not the worst one to have. Christ­mas al­ways has us flip-flop­ping be­tween the tra­di­tional and the new, and this year we hope our food and decor pages have brought you a har­mo­nious mar­riage of both. Our food start­ing on page 43 shows you how to en­joy your clas­sic roasts with some fresh new side dish ideas… the beet­root tarte tatin on page 48 is the ul­ti­mate show­stop­per, and the caramelised pump­kin salad wreath is a light, pic­ture-per­fect dish that’ll dou­ble as a ta­ble dec­o­ra­tion! For tri­fle diehards, our car­rot cake ver­sion is ul­tra-deca­dent, and love or loathe them, mince pies are here to stay. But you don’t have to eat them as they come. Margie found lots of ex­cit­ing new ways to en­joy them that might win over the de­trac­tors.

We hope some of your down­time will in­volve dress­ing the tree with the kids. It’s so worth­while tak­ing time to do some­thing creative with them af­ter a long school year, and if you’re any­thing like me, you’ve been col­lect­ing ideas for ages. On page 90 you’ll find lots of stun­ning crafts to help pass the time un­til the big day – whether you like tra­di­tional looks or some­thing a lit­tle more out of the box.

We hope you’re in­spired by this is­sue. Thank you, YF read­ers, for all your sup­port dur­ing 2018, and en­joy the hol­i­days!

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