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THE HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS

Slow down and discover the simple joy of making your own tasselled tree decorations this Christmas, says crafter Clare Youngs
Photographs Joanna Henderson, iStock

Decorating the tree at Christmas is always the part of the festive preparations I look forward to the most. Many of the decorations on our Christmas tree are homemade and it is always a joy to unpack these little ornaments year after year. Christmas can be a time for reflection and so many of these decorations hold memories. These rainbow-bright silk thread decorations remind me of little dancing figures or angels as they twist and turn among the green foliage. The metal parts are D rings, but if you can’t find them, you could buy some cheap hoop earrings in different sizes instead. I used embroidery floss (thread) to make mine, but you have to separate the six strands, so it is better to use brightly coloured sewing thread. If you do use embroidery floss, the single strand is thicker than sewing thread, so you won’t have to wrap it around the D ring quite as many times.

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Welcome to the Christmas issue of healthy! In the December/January edition, we look at how to avoid stress and stay upbeat over the festive period. Plus, we’ve got some tips on making healthier choices at the Christmas party and setting achievable goals for the year ahead. Many of us suffer with stress over Christmas, so for this issue, we wanted to think about all of the positive things that come with it, too. From our fresh-thinking article on perfecting the art of getting tipsy, to advice on how to break the Christmas weight-gain/January diet cycle, we’re approaching the colder months with a positive outlook. In the name of balance, writer Laura Potter looks at why we should practise Pilates to build strength and improve posture. We also look into the benefits of art therapy, as well as offering some crafting tips for you to try. And if you’re hosting your own festive party this year, don’t forget to flip the magazine over for festive recipe inspiration in our dedicated food section. Find all of this, plus our usual expert-led content, in the latest issue of Healthy.