A very warm welcome to our special Christmas issue! Back in the UK – where I’m from – magazines are almost always planned and produced several months in advance, which means that in the heat of the summer, publishers’ offices are invariably packed with everything from Christmas trees to gift wrap (and a lot of fake snow on one memorable occasion!)... and by the time the festive season actually arrives, everyone is knee-deep in springtime decorating – it’s very discombobulating! What’s so nice here is that we publish every issue in tandem with the month we’re in... so as I write this here at InsideOut HQ, we’re not only enjoying mince pies (too many!), writing cards, buying gifts and planning our own celebrations, we’re also able to fully appreciate and enjoy all the lovely seasonal treats that this issue has to offer. Our festive decorating feature on page 54, for instance, is brimming with simple ideas to make your home feel special (even if you only want a few finishing touches at this stage!); our fabulous stocking fillers on page 64 provide last-minute inspiration for extra gifts; you’ll find real-life homes, starting on ppageg 30, beautifully dressed for the season, and d even our Design Destinations, from pagep 70, explores beautiful retreats in snowy climes (some much closer than you might think!) to conjure up a little winter wonderland magic... So all in all, we’re full of festive cheer! On that note, all that remains for me to say is wherever and however you plan to spend the time, have a very happy Christmas and a wonderful new year... we’ll see you in 2017!