Editor’s Letter – December Issue

Dear Neighbours,

‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go’…not to mention in every advertisement break on the television! A constant reminder that I’m yet to commence my Christmas shopping, (my weekly to-do/buy list has remained just that…to-do/buy!). So, it’s on to plan b…panic! No, there’s still plenty of time…I just need to be strict with my time management and delegate some tasks. Although, entrusting my husband and teenagers to do the food shopping would be a disaster – there’d be no shortage of sweet treats but I may struggle to put a meal together with their efforts! As for buying gifts, let’s just say a gift receipt is essential if my hubby goes shopping unaccompanied! So, there’s only one thing left I can delegate to my troops – housework…perfect! I may just stay out a little longer at the supermarket and shops…just to make sure all the chores are finished before I get home!

In this festive issue, we look at the history of Christmas traditions on page 10. Our interiors feature on Christmas elegance, shows how to create a sophisticated seasonal look, page 12 and our recipe this month is salmon and monkfish filo wreath, a great alternative to the traditional turkey roast, or part of a Boxing Day buffet, page 16.

There’s nothing better than a real Christmas tree, according to gardening expert, Pippa Greenwood. Read her tips on choosing the perfect tree on page 20.

‘Tis the season to stock up on batteries! We have a technology Christmas survival guide on page 28, to ensure your Christmas goes smoothly. Already thinking about the Boxing Day Sales? It’s well worth planning in advance; Ann Haldon has advice on page 34, to help you get the most out of your day.

Finally, we have two tickets to see Swan Lake, courtesy of Royal & Derngate Theatre; competition details on page 45.

Wishing you a very happy (and stress-free!) Christmas.