Ed­i­tor, Pe­riod Liv­ing

Period Living - - Editor’s Letter - Me­lanie Grif­fiths

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!

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