December is a month of anticipation and excitement culminating in the most magical time of year: Christmas. From the promise of a garden cloaked in softly glistening snow to the joy of a home full of festive sparkle, there is much to look forward to as winter makes its presence felt. And the latest issue of LandScape is brimming with the best of the season, from the Yuletide camellia’s cheery burst of colour to a village brought back to life at a poignant carol service.
With just weeks to prepare for the big day, there is a feast of ideas for the Christmas table, including alternatives to the traditional turkey where layers of flavour are revealed. Vegetable accompaniments are given an appetising twist, and a selection of appealing desserts include warmly spiced treats.
There are also craft ideas for the celebrations, including a wooden tree lit by candles to welcome guests together with personalised place settings enhanced by natural decorations. And simple items can be turned into tiny but meaningful gifts for friends.
The message of Christmas is never far away, be it an ancient ritual full of revelry and rhymes or an inspirational artist who has created intricate paper cuttings of a popular seasonal song.
As the days turn colder, discover a frosted garden full of shape and drama and traditional barns which offer shelter to livestock across the Dales. Children have the opportunity to wrap up and have fun building snow animals outdoors and a blanket of white makes a visit to the golden stone town of Stamford with its elegant Georgian architecture all the more delightful.
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