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The past few weeks have been a dominated by the F-word in my house. Festive, but only in the sense of filling the magazine. It did involve a taste of horseradish vodka one day, which was a memorable experience, especially coupled with a few too many canapés at the photoshoot. Oh and those caramelised pecan nuts. Not forgetting dipping crusts in chilli oil. The post-Christmas diet may have to become a pre-Christmas one.
I know you’re going to love some of our ideas for homemade gifts – from gingerbread trees to a super-funky wreath. I will say from the outset, these are not tasks that are meant to strike fear into your heart. I am not Kirstie Allsop. No pressure, no guilt – just a nice way to spend a soggy Sunday that will leave you with a small sense of achievement – or the impetus just to head to Fenwick instead, fine by us. I am happy to buy-in Christmas cheer. I am not one of the super-organised and admirable ladies who you’ll find inside the magazine. These business powerhouses had lists written weeks ago, gifts ordered and are well on their way to having the wrapped boxes squirreled away until the tree arrives on December 1. They have some good tips to offer though –cashmere darling!
As they, and we, agree, the Christmas thing is all about having your best people around you. Keep that thought in your head and a glass in your hand and all will be well. Better still if you do both from the comfort of your cashmere onesie.
Enjoy too our smart festive extra – Exclusively Luxe. Some social diary dates to get you planning for 2014 and a menu a month to stir things up in the kitchen – a great and inspirational year-long collection of menus from the best chefs in the North East and North Yorkshire.