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IDEAS AND INSPIRATION FOR A SPARKLING SEASON!
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. Youâ€™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
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
77 FOR GARDENERS
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)
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
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
STYLE IT UP
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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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!
Camembert two ways V
Red beet salad with walnuts V
Aromatic gin and cucumber cured salmon
Marinated turkey breast roast
Smoky bean and monkfish stew
Maple and beer baked ham
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
Donna Hay’s ginger brined roast turkey with pear and potato gratin
Mushroom and chestnut Wellington V
Mustard rib of beef with port and blackberry gravy
Brussels sprouts and parsnip gratin V Stir-fried sprouts, cranberries and pecans V Root veg rosti V
Dinner parties 12
Squash and harissa dip V
Jamie Oliver’s allotment cottage pie V
Sourdough focaccia V
Quick chicken, leek and chorizo pie
Baked mozzarella, artichoke and spinach dip V
Sticky BBQ tofu skewers with cucumber and peanut dipping sauce V
Stuffed squash with leeks and black lentils V
Winter cheese board V
Wine-lover’s cheese board with candied citrus zest V
Nadiya Hussain’s Thai red pepper soup V
Cranberry and rosemary tear and share loaf V
Jamie Oliver’s spiced parsnip soup V
Traditional cheese fondue V Chorizo, manchego and almond biscuits Beetroot, walnut and goat’s cheese bites V
Hot smoked salmon pâté
Dates stuffed with goat’s cheese and pistachios V
Baba ganoush and endives V Churros with chocolate dipping sauce
Bramble with peppered beef and watercress toasts
Slow-cooker spiced apple cider punch
Sweet treats 40
Donna Hay’s cranberry and fig bundt cakes with gingerbread antlers
Nadiya Hussain’s caramelized biscuit traybake
Gingerbread white chocolate mousse cake
Cinnamon share bake
Fig, nut and chocolate cake
Crème brûlée ice cream
Kimchi arancini V
Warm gingerbread cake
Blackberry and pistachio cake
Hot winter punches
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