As the dark velvet nights descend on glistening frozen ground, clusters of homes across the countryside twinkle with coloured lights. This captivating scene signals the arrival of what is undoubtedly the most magical time of year. While excited children yearn for the first blanket of snow, people are busy indoors preparing for the big day. With families joining together for the celebrations, the Christmas issue of LandScape is bursting with ideas to make the most of the holiday.
There are pages brimming with craft ideas, from welcoming natural wreaths to home-made advent calendars and decorations. Whether a cosy crochet blanket or simple fabric picture, there is plenty to keep nimble fingers occupied by the fireside. Nature’s winter beauty adorns the home with the vibrance of scarlet houseplants and the purity of traditional mistletoe. And children will love to while away the hours making a cheery robin garland to deck the halls.
Food is at the heart of the festivities and Christmas Eve is the perfect time to savour our selection of tasty dishes before the main spread. This year’s festive feast is layered with flavour, from a succulent turkey, with a tangy surprise within, to a dessert centrepiece combining spice and ice. To accompany the fare, a loaf is given a seasonal bite, sprinkled with jewel-like cranberries.
In the spirit of tradition, we raise the curtain on the colourful history of the pantomime and reveal the skill of handbell ringers filling a village church with the sound of carols. Step within the ancient walls of the city of Chester, a stunning backdrop for the sights and sounds of Christmastime. Discover the world of the tiny wren and delight in the sight of warmly scented wintersweet. Peer into tiny story boxes, deftly created to reveal special messages and wonder at the beauty of metal fronds in artwork inspired by finds at the seashore.
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