Dark, rainy evenings keep us all indoors. The ideal moment, then, to try out some of those more complicated recipes you are thinking about serving up at Christmas. And Christmas will be nothing without a well-decorated table. A cheerful tablecloth and a healthy fruit bowl can do wonders, but the effect is only truly complete with candles. But remember, take care with children and pets.
Your lounge area can also benefit from a winter metamorphosis. Do you have an open fire or wood-burning stove at home? Then light a fire for the atmosphere, heat and light it creates. And what about fresh cushions on the sofa and a plaid to curl up beneath, while you watch your favourite films and TV programmes?