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IDEAS AND INSPIRATION FOR A SPARKLING SEASON!

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The latest dĂŠcor ideas to get your house looking suitably festive, as well as a countdown of the best festive sitcom episodes of all time and ideas for fab family days out.

Pick up your scissors to get a head start on your festive makes. You’ll find a wreath for the door, a garland for the mantelpiece, napkins for the table and much more.

Make your house warm and welcoming this season with stylish decorating themes, plus ways you can have a more eco-friendly Christmas and our top hosting tips.

Wondering what to buy people this year? Check out our comprehensive gift guides for him, her, kids, gardeners and crafters, plus the allimportant stocking fillers.

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+ 48 DELICIOUS RECIPES TO TRY IN YOUR FOOD AND DRINK MAGAZINE

CONTENTS 10 HOLIDAYS ARE COMING! Our comprehensive guide to everything to sort in the run-up to the big day, so you can have your most organised Christmas ever!

TRENDS & TRADITIONS 16 BACK TO NATURE

CREATIVE CHRISTMAS

DECORATE YOUR HOME

44 SILICONE MOULD MAKES

58 CREATING A THEME

Five fun and easy ideas for using your free gift, from bath bombs and ice cubes to sweet treats for your guests

How to choose your look this Christmas

46 STAR DECORATION

Décor that’s inspired by the great outdoors

A beautifully simple yet striking 3D papercraft project

18 THE LOOK OF LUXE

47 FESTIVE FELT GARLAND

Give your house an opulent feel

20 GET GLOWING

A great alternative to tinsel and a fab way to use up your fabric scraps!

60 A VERY ECO CHRISTMAS Ideas for a low-impact celebration

62 WARM WELCOMES Tips to help you host in style

63 THE 365 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS Behind the scenes with Gisela Graham London

THE ULTIMATE GIFTS

Decorations to light up your Christmas!

48 CHRISTMAS JUMPER

22 CLASSIC CHRISTMAS

68 FOR HIM

Ways to use traditional red and green

Use iron-on vinyl to liven up your festive wardrobe this year

24 ANIMAL MAGIC

50 COCKTAIL GLASSES

70 FOR HER

Serve your drinks in style this season with unique glassware

Thoughtful presents she’s sure to love

72 ADULT STOCKING FILLERS

51 NAPKIN AND CUTLERY WRAP

Grown-up gifts for less than £10

Quirky ornaments the whole family will love

27 A RIGHT ROYAL CHRISTMAS

A look at how Britain’s most famous family celebrates the big day together

Suggestions for the men in your life

Potato printing isn’t just for kids – use it to create a nature-inspired look for your table

75 FOR CRAFTERS

52 LIGHT-UP JARS

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Give your Christmas some sparkle with these fabulous makes

Inspiration for green-thumbed growers

78 FOR KIDS

Book in some precious family time with our round-up of seasonal days out

53 BUTTON DECORATIONS

Create some smiles on Christmas morning!

Kids will love crafting these!

80 KIDS’ STOCKING FILLERS

40 IN SEARCH OF SNOW

54 STAR WREATH

Tiny treats with a price tag under £10

31 THE BEST TV CHRISTMAS SITCOMS

Radio Times picks the top ten must-watch festive episodes of your favourite comedies

34 A FEAST OF FESTIVE FUN

Dreaming of a white Christmas? BBC Countryfile shares the best places to find one!

Dress up an interior door for the season with this on-trend project 6

Great buys for those who love to make

82 TOP TEN TIME SAVERS Hacks to help you stay ahead of the game


FEATHER YOUR NEST

TIME FOR TEA (LIGHT)

RED ALERT

A swirl of peacock feathers offers an unusual and striking take on the traditional Christmas wreath. £47.99, www.tch.net

With its palette of glorious peacock shades, you can create a magical glow with this dimpled tealight holder. £10.50, www.giselagraham.co.uk

The rich colour of these tissue paper honeycomb decorations makes them perfect for an opulent effect with ease. From £2.75, www.pipii.co.uk

THE LOOK OF LUXE

ART OF GLASS This Ekiti garland is made from handmade recycled glass baubles, and makes for a glamorous take on the usual tinsel. £44.95, www.nkuku.com

Give your festive home a luxurious feel with these opulent adornments in rich shades, strokable fabrics and shimmering metallics

STOCKING UP If you want to welcome Santa in style this year, a personalised velvet stocking is definitely the way to do it! £45, www.noths.com/thehappymakehouse

GOING FOR GOLD

STAG NIGHT

SIMPLE STYLE

Set an extra-special festive table with this set of four gold leaf napkin rings – a simple way to add wow factor to Christmas dining. £28, www.audenza.com

An elegant deer dec will lend a touch of chic country style to any tree, especially when caught in the glow of your fairylights. £5, www.debenhams.com

A luxurious look needn’t cost the earth, and this budget bauble is an easy way to add a classy look to your tree. £2, www.wilko.com

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STYLE IT UP

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As this look is so rich, less is more when it comes to colour. Pick one main shade, such as the blues pictured here, and then complement with gold, silver and copper metallic tones.


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Food & drink DELICIOUS IDEAS FOR FESTIVE COOKING AND ENTERTAINING

Win ! A LAKELAND CHRISTMAS TABLE SETTING WORTH

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Christmas dinner

Party time

Family feasts

Sweet treats

WITH RECIPES BY NADIYA HUSSAIN, JAMIE OLIVER & DONNA HAY


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It’s all about the food! With recipes for Christmas Day, festive dinner parties and cosy get togethers inside, try cooking or baking something new this season – you might find a new festive favourite!

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Red beet salad with walnuts V

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Aromatic gin and cucumber cured salmon

Marinated turkey breast roast

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Smoky bean and monkfish stew

Maple and beer baked ham

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Christmas day ideas Main cover image: Cranberry and fig bundt cakes from Christmas Feasts and Treats by Donna Hay. Photography: Con Poulos, Styling: Steve Pearce

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Donna Hay’s ginger brined roast turkey with pear and potato gratin

Mushroom and chestnut Wellington V

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Mustard rib of beef with port and blackberry gravy

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Brussels sprouts and parsnip gratin V Stir-fried sprouts, cranberries and pecans V Root veg rosti V

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Squash and harissa dip V

Jamie Oliver’s allotment cottage pie V

Sourdough focaccia V

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Quick chicken, leek and chorizo pie

Baked mozzarella, artichoke and spinach dip V

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Sticky BBQ tofu skewers with cucumber and peanut dipping sauce V

Stuffed squash with leeks and black lentils V

Winter cheese board V

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Wine-lover’s cheese board with candied citrus zest V

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Nadiya Hussain’s Thai red pepper soup V

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Cranberry and rosemary tear and share loaf V

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Jamie Oliver’s spiced parsnip soup V

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Traditional cheese fondue V Chorizo, manchego and almond biscuits Beetroot, walnut and goat’s cheese bites V

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Hot smoked salmon pâté

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Dates stuffed with goat’s cheese and pistachios V

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Baba ganoush and endives V Churros with chocolate dipping sauce

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Bramble with peppered beef and watercress toasts

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Slow-cooker spiced apple cider punch

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Donna Hay’s cranberry and fig bundt cakes with gingerbread antlers

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Nadiya Hussain’s caramelized biscuit traybake

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Gingerbread white chocolate mousse cake

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Cinnamon share bake

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Fig, nut and chocolate cake

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Marzipan snowballs

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Crème brûlée ice cream

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Kimchi arancini V

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Warm gingerbread cake

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Blackberry and pistachio cake

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Hot winter punches

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