After living through the utter strangeness of these past two years, there are many things I will never take for granted again. Some are small and seemingly insignificant: the friendly smile of the person on the Tube unobscured by a mask, the cheeky leant-in whisper into the ear by a confidante, sharing an intimate meal…
Others are more monumental, more traumatic and bound to have a more lasting impact. For instance, the damp squib of a festive season that was Christmas 2020.
However you feel about this time of year (and I know some love it and others are more ambivalent) having the whole thing cancelled last-minute as happened last year was a particularly harsh blow. Like many others, I was unable to get to see my loved ones, stuck in an odd limbo of fake festivities and soggy sprout-induced disappointment.
It was the final in a long line of bleak injustices.
The silver lining, I suppose, is that I’m now looking at the entire holiday period with fresh eyes. I’m even reevaluating the aspects I used to find tiresome, such as the punishing travel schedule, the family politics, even the indigestion.
This year I’m going to celebrate and embrace every single moment of it and really make the most of being with those I care about once more. Bring it on, I say!
This is the first time we’ve created a special issue spanning the entire festive period, from advent right through to new year. It’s been conceived with this sense of excitement, exuberance and togetherness very much at its core.
It includes a special ‘Celebrate’ section incorporating everything from our pick of the best gifts for design fans to decorating ideas, and a magical entertaining story created exclusively for us by a new restaurant and venue with an ethos of local sourcing and sustainability.
As ever, the magazine isn’t totally given over to Christmas, so you’ll find the usual features that regular readers know and love, including our signature hit of design news, industry intel and incisive features.
There’s also a shoot dedicated to the enduring appeal of precious metals and metallic finishes, as well as a selection of some of the world’s most stylish party-ready homes.
Wherever you are this year and whoever you are with, I hope it’s filled with much more fun, frivolities, family and friends than last year. Enjoy every moment, and see you again for all things ELLE Decoration in 2022. Happy holidays!
In this month’s issue you will find…
60 gifts for design devotees – whatever their style
Party season essentials: wreaths, wrapping and much more
How to host like a pro – from table styling to low effort/high impact recipes
Luxury lighting and modern metallic designs
Advent adventures to book before the big day