Simply Christmas 2021

Simply Christmas 2021

"Get excited for the festive season with Simply Christmas magazine - back with a brand-new issue for 2021! Everything has been hand-picked to inspire and help you to have your best Christmas ever, from decorating and gift-buying to festive interiors and travel, to crafting, cooking, baking and cocktails. We chat to nine celebrities, including Monica Galetti, Rick Stein, Dr Ranj and Paul O’Grady, about what they missed about Christmas last year and what they are really looking forward to for the 2021 season… We’ve picked out the four top trends for décor this year to give your home a new look and we have a sneak peek inside two beautiful period homes. We’ve got gifts ideas covered too, with over 150 picks for what to buy friends and family this year, from foodies and gardeners to crafters and kids. 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 Kew Gardens at Christmas, find out why dried flowers are a fabulous décor choice, read about how they do Christmas in the Scottish Highlands and see some best in show festive dog portraits. You’ll be spoilt for choice! Get ready for a very Merry Christmas!"

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
Frequency:
One-off
$18.20

in this issue

1 min
simply christmas

Your cover gift - ideal for festive décor & crafting It’s never too early to start thinking about the festive season ahead and, as last year was such a difficult time for many of us, we are hopeful that we can plan in the things we love most for Christmas 2021. Having the time to consider and prepare for December 25th and all the celebrations that surround it is a joy in itself. Everything you see in this year’s Simply Christmas has been hand-picked to inspire and help you, from decorating your home and buying gifts, to crafting, cooking and baking. This year, more than ever, the focus is on sustainable and planet-friendly ideas, with lots of ways to use fresh and dried foliage as décor and gift wrap. And if…

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9 min
all we want for christmas

“WE START THE MORNING OPENING PRESENTS, THEN IT’S TIME FOR CHAMPAGNE” LAST YEAR: It was a very quiet one for us, not at all like what we usually enjoy. To start with, my family from New Zealand weren’t able to join us as planned. When they are here it is such a lovely thing to catch up with one another, but last year it was just the three of us and our dogs for the festivities. And then unfortunately both my husband and daughter went down with Covid-19 on Christmas Day, which of course was not what anyone would want to happen. So it really was just us for the duration, and a very different experience. THIS YEAR: All being well, our Christmas will be back to normal and even more special…

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1 min
a calmer christmas

Christmas 2020 definitely happened, but as that entire year is a bit of a blur, it’s wonderful that we have a brand-new festive season to look forward to and get excited about. And this year we’re hoping to celebrate with nearby and far-flung family and friends, raising a well-earned toast to the last year. THE JOY OF LISTS Before you delve into the practicalities, take a trip down memory lane to previous Christmases and jot down what makes the season enjoyable for you, or what you think it’s been missing – a candlelit carol service, a trip to see Santa with the little ones, a frosty walk, a cosy dinner party or a lively DIY cocktail party (we can help with that on page 170!)? Plan in these special times among the…

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2 min
gifts planner

FOUR WEEKS Before Christmas Create your gift list. It doesn’t have to be detailed, but make sure you know who you’re buying for and start jotting down notes about what they might like to help stay focused when you head out to the shops or make online purchases. Start by browsing our gift guides from page 116. Determine your budget for present-buying (then try to stick to it!). Begin your Christmas shopping. The earlier you start, the better chance you have of getting good deals and not doing any last-minute panic buying. Where possible, try to buy from independent shops, especially those that sell antiques. A one-o gift that can’t be bought elsewhere is all the more special, and has the added bonus of being more environmentally friendly. Time to organise your gift wrap!…

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2 min
food planner

FOUR WEEKS Before Christmas Ensure the turkey is ordered from your local butcher or farm shop, plus any other special items you might need – such as sausage meat for stu ng, vegetables or special baked treats. Stock up on booze, mixers and soft drinks for the big day, or try your hand at making homemade sloe gin or liqueur. If you’re an online shopper, book your supermarket delivery slot and start planning your order. Pick plenty of supplies that won’t spoil, such as dried goods, partbaked rolls and chutneys. Some supermarkets offer eco-friendly delivery slots, oryoucould try ordering a food box from a local supplier. Batch cook some emergency freezer meals in case of unexpected visits from friends and family. Shepherd’s pie, wintery stews and soups always go down a treat, as do…

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2 min
decoration planner

FOUR WEEKS Before Christmas Grab the ladder and take a peek in the loft to remind yourself of what you have. Existing decorations can be given a new lease of life with some care and the addition of natural greenery. Or for whole new look, see our pick of the latest trends starting on page 28 – opulent, rustic, mono and bright. Advent calendars are great fun but for something more sustainable, look for wooden or glass frames that you can refill with treats each year. Or go for a charity calendar such as www.adventofchange.com, which tells you each day what great things your donation is doing. A handmade wreath of flowers, berries and foliage for your front door is a true tradition. If you prefer to use a local florist, then order…

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