welcome I love the annual ritual of bringing down the decorations from the loft and the fun of dressing the tree with my family, which we always do with a plate of mince pies close to hand and a CD of Christmas tunes playing in the background. Every family has its own traditions, so share the preparations of the owners of our festive homes (from page 19) as they set about decorating for Christmas in their own unique way. You can also discover the most stylish schemes for your tree (page 61), inspirational place settings (page 76), six pages packed full of gift ideas for the entire family (page 91) plus creative ways to gift wrap your presents (page 101). Not forgetting the chance to have a go at making your own wreath (page 54) and other stunning floral displays. I wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and I look forward to bringing you plenty more ideas for your home during 2016. C.