Step inside four gloriously festive homes, filled with clever touches, from holly tied to banisters to pine cones, crackers and oranges tumbling from fireplaces. You’ll also find plenty to inspire your Christmas decorating in our beautiful shoot, which promises to make your celebration special, however bijou. From the hallway to the dining room, via the sitting room and kitchen, you can almost smell the aromatic scent of Christmas wafting off the pages. Elsewhere we explore the history of cut crystal, give you a guide to collecting corkscrews, hear from Luke Honey about Victorian tinsel pictures and toy theatres, and consider the appeal of Meissen’s famous Monkey Orchestra. And, finally, we hope you’ll have fun testing your knowledge with the H&A Quiz!
Warm and welcoming homes from a Suffolk cottage to a Northumberland farmhouse
Collecting Meissen Monkeys
The enduringly popular series of porcelain figures
Material Matters Cut Glass
The story of this practical and decorative field
Why antique versions of these gadgets are so popular.
Home for Christmas
From small gatherings to family celebrations, here’s how to make this Christmas a special one.
Christmas Gift Guide
Our edit of beautiful old and new gifts to give your friends and family a warm glow.
The H&A Christmas Quiz
Test your antiques and design knowledge
All this and much, much more!!
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