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Your get-it-sorted Advent calendar

Every year I have a hope. A hope that this will be the year where life is so organised that, for once, I’ll be able to sit down with a glass of mulled wine at 9pm on Christmas Eve and watch It’s a Wonderful Life instead of staying up until 2am wrapping presents, bits of Sellotape in my hair, writing cards to the neighbours as the last tealight sputters out (note: buy tealights).

It all begins so well. The list – or, rather, lists – are made and the cooking days planned in, but a few things usually get cast aside because work intervenes or because, well, life. But THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT. Planning brings calm, but plans are made to be veered away from, so follow this calendar as much or as little as you see fit, in the knowledge that even doing half of it will make life easier. It’s all about the anticipation…


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Stir-up Sunday is on 24 November this year. The Victorians loved creating new traditions and started making Christmas puddings on the Sunday before Advent because the trad church reading begins ‘Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord’.



I’ve never done this before, but I love Georgina Hayden’s simple idea (see p94) for attaching stapled envelopes, filled with homemade goodies, to a thin branch, then hanging it up to enjoy every day in the run-up to Christmas.

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The delicious. November issue brings you the joy of festive anticipation and will help you dream, plan and cook the best Christmas ever. Find our freeze-ahead soups, braises, cookies and puds; Rick Stein and Gill Meller's favourite festive dishes and Delia’s most loved Christmas cake; centrepiece roasts from MasterChef winner Kenny Tutt and Matt Tebbutt, and not forgetting 16 pages of brilliant veggie and vegan recipes to see you through the feasting. Plus foodie gifts and gifts for foodies. It’s got everything you need for Christmas.