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Simply Christmas 2020

Simply Christmas 2020

Simply Christmas 2020

Simply Christmas is back with a brand-new issue for 2020 packed with all the joy the festive season can bring! Everything has been hand-picked to inspire and help you to have a memorable Christmas, from decorating and gift-buying, to crafting, cooking and baking. We’ve picked out the five top trends for décor this year and teamed up with BBC Good Food, celebrity chefs Tom Kerridge, James Martin and Kim-Joy and more with a host of tasty and celebratory dishes for everyone. We’ve got gifts ideas covered too, with over 150 picks for what to buy friends and family this year. And when you do get the chance for a nice cup of glögg and a sit down, read our many fascinating features – go behind the scenes at Blenheim Palace at Christmas, try our 10 ways to use flowers in your home this winter, find out why the robin is a seasonal favourite, get some tips on picking the right tree for you, have a more sustainable Christmas and enjoy Radio Times’ pick of magical festive family films. You’ll be spoilt for choice! Your digital issue includes the templates to make your own Gingerbread House with instructions inside the issue. Get ready for a very Merry Christmas!

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
Frequency:
One-off
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in this issue

1 min.
welcome!

I’ve been part of the Simply Christmas team for five years and this year has been unlike any other. So much has changed and so much is uncer tain, but having Christmas to look forward to, prepare for and enjoy is something to treasure. Think about what you love most about the season and make sure there’s more of it this year – family fun, lovingly prepared meals, carol singing, festive movies and frosty walks. Every thing in our 2020 issue has been hand-picked to inspire and help you, from decorating and gift-buying, to crafting, cooking and baking. And when you do get the chance for a nice cup of glögg and a sit down, read our fascinating features to find out more about Blenheim Palace at Christmas and Radio…

5 min.
holidays are coming!

Things to do in OCTOBER PLAN FOR JOYFUL TIMES Whatever happens towards the end of this year, celebrating Christmas is more important than ever. Do you want a big family feast or a smaller, more intimate do? Deciding what you’d like now will then help you plan budgets, food and activities. BOOK YOUR TICKETS Christmas is full of opportunities for fun activities but these can sell out really quickly, so avoid sad faces by booking any tickets you need in advance. Check out our guide to days out on page 39. GET CRAFTY Handmade gifts can really show you care, so turn to page 69 to find some simple and stylish ideas. Schedule in time to batch-make some gifts or cards, as it makes a lovely break from busy-ness. BE BUDGET SAVVY It’s easy to get carried away…

1 min.
win! a luxury hamper trio from lakeland

Showing friends and family that we love them is more important than ever this year and these delicious hamper totes from Lakeland make gorgeous, affordable gifts. Three lucky winners will receive one of each of these three filled totes in time for Christmas! WILDFLOWERS TOTE A floral selection of teabags, biscuits, jams fruit cake and more. RRP £24.99 FOR THE LOVE OF HONEY TOTE With blossom honey, condiments, biscuits, wildflower seeds and more. £RRP 29.99 ULTIMATE HAMPER WREATH TOTE A luxury set of jams, condiments and sweet treats for a festive feast. RRP £49.99 HOW TO ENTER For a chance to win one of three hamper trios, visit www.gathered.how/competitions/lakeland and answer a simple multiple choice question. Competition closes 11 December 2020. We will make every effort to get the prizes out in time for Christmas, but cannot guarantee…

1 min.
trends & traditions

Create the perfect blend of on-trend celebrations and well-beloved traditions with the features and ideas in this section. Ever wondered why the robin is a symbol of Christmas? You can find out on page 24. There’s a comprehensive guide to this year’s décor trends, plus tips for choosing your tree, decorating with flowers and making celebrations more sustainable. You’ll also find ideas for fun days out to make some magical memories, and Radio Times’ pick of the best family films to snuggle up and enjoy together.…

1 min.
going green

MIGHTY OAKS Try a change from tradition with these oak leaf crackers – the perfect complement for any nature-inspired Christmas table. £36 (set of 6), www.nancyandbetty.com GOOD WOOD This ornament of three log slices is stylish in its simplicity and makes a fantastic natural backdrop to your festive décor. £19.99, www.giselagraham.co.uk FLORAL FOCAL POINT Nothing beats a bit of real foliage, and this handmade thistle and berry table wreath makes a wonderfully scented centrepiece. £90, www.realflowers.co.uk STAR ATTRACTION Add to your sanctuary of nature vibe with these iron stars adorned with eucalyptus and white berries. £11.99, www.lights4fun.co.uk PUTTING ON THE GLITZ We can’t get enough of this jewelled tree decoration, which oozes glamour and seasonal sparkle. £8.75, www.rajtentclub.com STOCKING UP Santa will be impressed when he comes down the chimney to be greeted by this Little Cress stocking in merino lambswool. £46, www.torimurphy.com NATURAL SELECTION Give guests a…

1 min.
moonlight magic

THE LOOK OF LUXE The spectacular Danoa giant bauble is just the thing to make an eye-catching style statement this Christmas. From £18.95, www.nkuku.com STAR BRIGHT Hang this stylish Helsinki star anywhere in your home and let its warm glow fill you with instant Christmas cheer. £16, www.nordicnest.com PUT A RING ON IT We can’t get enough of these glamorous decorations – the peacocks will look at home among the branches of your tree. £14.99 each, www.giselagraham.co.uk CREATURE COMFORT It wouldn’t be Christmas without a liberal dose of reindeer decorations, and you won’t find one more glamorous than this! £14.99, www.tch.net INTO THE BLUE It’s hard to resist the wonderfully cosy and atmospheric glow from the light of this gorgeous glass candle holder. £14, www.wilko.com FEATHER YOUR NEST Take your cracker game to the next level with these peacock beauties – a dazzling finishing touch for…