Editor, Period Living
Christmas is a wonderful and nostalgic time of year – whether celebrating with loved ones we don’t see often enough, revisiting family traditions from our childhood, or pausing to remember those who aren’t with us any more, it’s a deeply meaningful holiday. While hopefully the overriding feeling is of joy, the season can also be tinged with a wistful longing for the past. That’s why it’s so important to savour every good moment and continue to embrace the traditions that make you feel connected to your most treasured memories.
In my household, the festivities don’t start until about two weeks before the big day, when we put up the decorations (to a soundtrack of James Brown’s Funky Christmas, if you must know) and bake a batch of mince pies. My husband and I have amassed a huge collection of ornaments over the years, but we always bring out the tacky Santa figurine from my childhood and the dog-eared robin from our first Christmas together, who sits near the top of the tree. To others, they might spoil the elegance of the scheme, but to me they’re essential elements of the celebration. One of our household traditions is to buy a new decoration each year, scouring every shop and market for the right one – and I love to look at them all as I place them on the tree and think back to when we bought them. Whether you’re planning to deck out the house with a completely new festive look or just investing in one or two unique ornaments, you’ll find the very best new designs in this special Christmas issue (from page 20), along with four gorgeously decorated period homes, that give a fascinating insight into how the owners spend the festive season (from page 42).
One of the few things I don’t like about Christmas is facing the crowds on the high street and long queues at the checkouts. Whether you love or despise Christmas shopping, one of the biggest challenges for many of us is finding unique, thoughtful gifts that don’t cost the earth. So, we’ve done the hard work for you and tracked down some fantastic British designer-makers (page 29), whose beautiful wares are guaranteed to satisfy every budget and delight even the most discerning friend. And to present them in the best possible fashion, don’t miss style editor
Pippa Blenkinsop’s stunning gift wrapping ideas (page 34).
Finally, just for Christmas, we have a Period Living subscription offer that will make the perfect present for yourself or a friend, with a fabulously low price of £14.99 for six issues and choice of a free festive Emma Bridgewater mug worth £19.95 (page 112). I do hope you enjoy the issue and, whatever your plans, have a very merry Christmas!