HELEN SCHÖER EDITOR- IN- CHIEF
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.