Come in­side it’s Christ­mas

Woman & Home - - Editor’s Letter - Kath Brown Edi­tor, wo­man&home

“Al­though the sea­son of good­will can be hard work for the women who make it hap­pen, it’s also us that love to up­hold the fam­ily folk­lore”

It’s al­ways lovely to see new in­spir­ing ideas at christ­mas and think about how we can turn our homes into stylish, sparkly grot­toes. you’ll find lots of gor­geous fes­tive dec­o­rat­ing tips in this is­sue, and we’ve had adorable chil­dren ley­land and elia, plus the cutest dog ever, Gigi, help­ing us cre­ate the magic. but a re­cur­ring theme that kept com­ing up in the of­fice when we were plan­ning this is­sue is nostal­gia and how much we all love the age-old tra­di­tions that make christ­mas truly spe­cial. and al­though the sea­son of good­will can be se­ri­ously hard work (not to men­tion stress­ful!) for the women who make it hap­pen, it’s also us that love to up­hold the fam­ily folk­lore. Is it just me who makes their teenage chil­dren put a mince pie and a sherry by the fire­place for santa (and a car­rot out­side for ru­dolph, of course), even though they long ago re­alised it was their dad who made the flour foot­prints on the rug? we love this stuff, don’t we? cre­at­ing mem­o­ries with fam­ily and friends, and re­mem­ber­ing trea­sured ones is re­ally what this time of year is all about. In our fea­ture It wouldn’t be

Christ­mas with­out... (p96), sev­eral read­ers show us the trea­sured thing they pull out of the at­tic ev­ery year to re­mind them of christ­mases past. I have the an­cient tar­nished baubles that used to hang on my mum and dad’s tree in es­sex, and the home­made pa­per an­gels my chil­dren made at nurs­ery. so while I love the idea of my home look­ing all chic and min­i­mal­ist come 1st De­cem­ber, it never hap­pens be­cause I can’t bear not to in­clude all my sen­ti­men­tal trea­sures in the mix. the same goes for food. my hus­band adrian is the cook in our house­hold (how lucky am I?), and ev­ery year he sug­gests an al­ter­na­tive to tur­key, which I flatly refuse to con­sider. It’s not that I par­tic­u­larly love tur­key (we all know it can be a bit dry – un­less you try our recipe on p167), but it’s part of the rit­ual, and ri­tu­als cre­ate fa­mil­iar­ity and com­fort, which is what we all crave.

So, yes, there may be a lot of un­cer­tainty in the world right now but that’s all the more rea­son to take plea­sure in the stuff that’s closer to home – small acts of kind­ness, our fam­i­lies and friends, and eat­ing Qual­ity street on the sofa.

Cheers to that…

Merry Christ­mas from us all at wo­man&home

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