Christmas

Stores may have been selling Christmas décor since October, but now’s when things really start becoming festive. Play your favourite CD of carols, pull out the crackers and hats – it’s time to throw a Christmas party!

It’s the busiest time of year, and as the hostess you’ve probably left a lot to the last minute, so delegate responsibilities to your guests so that there’s a smoother flow of preparation and you can focus on making the party memorable. Give friends tasks such as creating a music playlist, being the photographer, making dessert, coming up with a present-opening game…

We may be living in the Southern Hemisphere, and gluwein and chestnuts are the last things on our minds, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t dream of a white Christmas – it’s the most summery party we can have when snowflakes are replaced with sparklers. Get everyone to stick to theme by only wearing white. You can introduce another Christmas colour like green or red in small things like belts, jewellery and shoes. And have props such as angel wings, haloes, fascinators and tinsel boas on hand for extra dress-up cheer.

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Just a few special festive quotes to inspire some Christmas cheer:

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful" ~ Norman Vincent Peale

"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree" ~ Roy L. Smith

"Christmas is a time when you get homesick - even when you're home" ~ Carol Nelson

"Christmas is the gentlest, loveliest festival of the revolving year - and yet, for all that, when it speaks, its voice has strong authority" ~ W.J. Cameron

"The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other" ~ Burton Hillis

"Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas" ~ Peg Bracken

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