ONCE UPON A DECEMBER
Late one December evening four or !ve years ago, while trawling the streets of Wellington, New Zealand, travel-weary, completely lost, and on an increasingly desperate hunt for dinner, my husband and I stumbled across an unforge"able sight: a department store window, bustling with an extraordinary toy parade. Trains, bi-planes and ballerinas were all brought to life to mesmerising music. Our hunger dissipated as we watched the spectacle unfurl, hooked on the mystical lure of the shop window. Though some may see it as a cynical, commercial endeavour, there aren’t many of us who don’t feel the nostalgic pull to gaze at a Christmas display. But what is it that draws us in? And when did the tradition begin? The answers are enchanting – !nd out more on page 113. Equally charming are the homes we have for you this month (page 65 onwards). From a French chateau, all decked out for the party season, to a Victorian terrace, lovingly festooned with vintage decorations, there are myriad ideas to inspire us all. If, however, you need more inspiration, then don’t miss ‘ How to Update Your Christmas’ (page 53), in which we reveal the simple, on-trend touches that will give traditional looks a fresh feel for 2018 – all with antiques in mind, naturally. Whichever you choose, you’ll be sure of a stylish celebration.
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