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1. Sit down next to the tree this evening and open one of the teeniest little parcels addressed to you.  You are a grown up now. It’s allowed.

2.  Leave a candy cane, a little bar of chocolate, Christmas cracker or titchy treat outside your kids door every morning between now and Christmas morning.

3.  Gather all the family games you own and leave them in a basket ready for impromptu festive fun…

4. Iron your Christmas morning jim-jams with cologne,  wrap in tissue paper sprayed with something Christmassy, and tuck into a drawer with a bundle of cloves, cinnamon and dried oranges.

5.  Wrap a selection of small gifts- little Christmas cakes, bottles of mulled wine, brown paper bags full of bulbs to force, or mini Christmas puddings, ready to grab for hostess gifts, tips for tradesmen, treats for carol singers, or gifts for unexpected present bearing visitors…

6. Polish your vintage cutlery and tie into bundles with pretty ribbon ready to decorate the christmas table…

7. Fold vintage wallpaper into party hat sized cones, add a frill of fine tinsel, a ribbon tie and a festive greeting or tiny vintage photo and stack on the fireplace ready to be worn while sipping bucks fizz in your dressing gown on Christmas morning.

8. Can’t find crackers you like? Buy the plainest ones you can find and wrap their centers in vintage paper. Add co-ordinating ribbon and whatever little glueable fripperies your heart desires, but refuse to take responsibility for the bad jokes inside…

9. Wrap little bundles of tangerines and gold chocolate coins in tissue paper and stash in your children coat pockets, just before you leave for church on Christmas eve.

10. Write a love letter to your partner dated Christmas day and resolve to make it a yearly ritual.

11. Hang small stockings on the back of every chair at the christmas table, and make opening the tiniest of presents inside a ritual between courses.

12. Arrange to send your Mum a bouquet of gorgeous greenery on Christmas Eve. There is nothing purer than flowers…