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LAST YEAR WE spent Christ­mas in Ger­many and truly, no-one does Christ­mas with as much flair and fun as the Ger­mans. One of my favourite things to do was to bun­dle up warmly and walk around town af­ter dark to peek into peo­ple’s houses… No-one closes their cur­tains there! Just about ev­ery house was glow­ing with warm light cast by the beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated Christ­mas tree and amaz­ing pa­per stars hang­ing in ev­ery win­dow. I badly wanted one of those pa­per stars to bring home, so af­ter Christ­mas we hit the shops be­cause that’s when all the Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions go on sale. I got two stars and when we got home in Jan­uary I was keen to put them up. My hus­band said no way, they’re for Christ­mas. Moth­er­hood has taught me pa­tience, but on 25 Oc­to­ber I could wait no longer. So I con­vinced my hus­band that it is a Christ­mas tra­di­tion in the south­ern hemi­sphere that we start dec­o­rat­ing ex­actly two months be­fore Christ­mas. He knows it re­ally isn’t, but played along and put up the stars for me. So come and stroll past my house – I’m leav­ing the cur­tains open.

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