the holidays reimagined
Living Etc Magazine|December 2020
Matthew Williamson explains how to be kind to yourself this Christmas while losing none of the season’s beauty or wonder
RORY ROBERTSON

I’m going to drop the perfectionism this year as Christmas, ordinarily a time spent running between parties and places, friends and families, to Harrods or Selfridges to pick up last-minute decorative bits for the table or tree, will, undoubtedly, be a more subdued experience all round. The past months have been a roller coaster for everybody and we need to be kind not only to others but to ourselves, especially if hosting loved ones. And so I believe making allowances for yourself and others is key to the success of your festive season.

When we celebrate in the UK, the family is all together in Manchester where I’m from. There are no less than 10 people around the table in a normal year. All the usual shenanigans ensue, of course. This time, though, we’ll be spending Christmas in Majorca where I live with my partner and my daughter. It’ll be a quiet one, for obvious reasons, so we’ll be dropping the pomp and ceremony and prepping our home for an intimate, personal approach to festivity.

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