Let the magic be­gin…

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A big box of chocs, fizz, fam­ily and a turkey roast­ing in the oven – I reckon they may be my very favourite in­gre­di­ents for a per­fect Christ­mas. Add a stock­ing-load of gifts and a great movie on the TV and, yes, I’m pretty much in heaven. But, this year, I’m think­ing things may be dif­fer­ent. You see, in putting to­gether the pages of this fab­u­lous is­sue, I’ve learnt a lot about how to make things that bit more spe­cial, and it’s got me quite in­spired… First, there’s our stun­ning cover star, Shirley Bal­las (page 6) – yes, she really does look that good in real life! – who stresses the im­por­tance of send­ing Christ­mas cards. It’s made me re­alise how much I love get­ting a glit­tery en­ve­lope with a heart­felt mes­sage tucked in­side. So, note to self: spend more time on the cards! Our fes­tive food pages (from page 111) are brim­ming with recipes that add a twist to the tra­di­tional lunch – who’d have thought of brandy but­ter and bay turkey or toasted sour­dough bread sauce? Then there’s our homes pages (from page 93). I con­fess, in our house, the same tree comes out ev­ery year and the same bit of tin­sel dan­gles over the same pic­ture. I re­alise now that clev­erly placed baubles, candles, fes­tive crock­ery and pretty cush­ions can really trans­form a room. We’ve also got some great ideas in our craft sec­tion (page 135), easy ways to glam­orous make-up (page 50), as well as the most gor­geous se­lec­tion of party out­fits (page 10). So you see, dear reader, while Christ­mas may come around with fa­mil­iar reg­u­lar­ity, a few sim­ple tweaks can turn it into some­thing truly mag­i­cal. I hope this month’s Prima in­spires you in the same way it has me. Wish­ing you all a won­der­ful Christ­mas…

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