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AND HER GRU­ELLING FES­TIVE MAS­TER­PLAN

- Lifestyle · Good News · Celebrations · Carole Middleton

DO YOU dream wist­fully of the per­fect Christ­mas? The one per­son in the world who knows ex­actly how to pull it off is Ca­role Mid­dle­ton. Here’s how to have a Very Ca­role Christ­mas . . .

PLAN MONTHS AHEAD GET your fes­tive plans un­der way as soon as Hal­loween is over. Throw away your pump­kins and start think­ing about Christ­mas.

LOTS OF TREES, PLEASE NOT only does Ca­role have a mod­ern ‘ themed’ one and a ‘mem­ory’ tree with baubles from Christ­mases past, she also puts one in each of her grand­chil­dren’s rooms. Source trees from a nearby es­tate. BOX

CLEVER STICK to one theme, such as ‘all red, or all craft pa­per, or make a big thing with the rib­bons’. To make sure there are no oddly shaped presents un­der the tree, col­lect boxes through­out the year.

POP ON A PINNY OPT for a classy red dress — pos­si­bly from de­signer la­bel Goat. When cook­ing, wear a pinny over it. If there are kids that need en­ter­tain­ing, copy Ca­role’s hus­band Michael, who has been known to don a Sumo wrestler out­fit on Christ­mas day.

ALL THE TRIM­MINGS DON’T just cater for car­ni­vores. Ca­role has re­cently gone ve­gan but still plans to serve up meat as well. Con­sider hav­ing the main meal in the evening, with cham­pagne and smoked salmon for lunch. But if there are young chil­dren, do move it for­ward to lunchtime.

STRICTLY FUN DON’T spend the whole day cook­ing. Fit in a visit to church, a dog walk, or even a fes­tive episode of Strictly.

BAL­ANC­ING ACT A STRUNG- OUT host or host­ess makes ev­ery­one tense, so be or­gan­ised. But don’t get hung up on per­fec­tion. Of­ten mis­takes make things mem­o­rable.

GAME ON YOU can’t beat tra­di­tional par­lour games such as mu­si­cal stat­ues and sar­dines. DRESS CODE AL­WAYS make the it clear on an in­vi­ta­tion. Don’t give the im­pres­sion an event is ca­sual if it isn’t. PER­FECT PRESENTS BUY thought­ful gifts. A Christ­mas Mar­ket is of­ten the best place for last­minute shop­ping.

THREE MUST-HAVES ‘MY CHRIST­MAS essentials are mince pies, mulled wine and mistle­toe,’ says Ca­role.

MAN­NERS MAT­TER AL­WAYS make sure to write thank you let­ters. ‘Within ten days ideally.’

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The full in­ter­view ap­pears in the Jan­uary is­sue of Good House­keep­ing, on sale from De­cem­ber 3.

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