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life + style: gwyneth chats about CHRISTMAS, GIFT-GIVING & COOKING

Nikki Yazxhi


she’s actually not as sorted at Christmas as she would like to be!

She shared this info, along with her Chrissie day family rituals and gift-giving ideas with InStyle and GOOP, here’s a snippet:
How organised are you for Christmas? Usually by this point in the year, I am well organised, Christmas cards are ready to go, I’ve got a good jump on the gifts. I like to get things personalised and my gifts usually require some advance time. Not this year. I am overwhelmed and a disaster.
Do you usually get gifts engraved? Yes, I think it’s really nice that when someone opens a present it has something personal. Last year I gave everyone these beautiful handmade cutting boards, everyone in the family’s name was engraved on one side. I’ve done ceramic plates, jewelery with initials. It takes it from being a normal present to being something that’s actually really special and requires a lot of thought and planning.
Who is the hardest to shop for in your family? I think men are really hard to shop for, much harder than women. Probably my husband, my brother, my husband’s brothers – they’re usually the hardest.

What Christmas Day family rituals do you have? Our Christmas rituals are pretty much the same every year; it’s basically trying to keep the children in bed until at least 7 am! Father Christmas always leaves a stocking at the end of their bed, which is great because then they wake up and they have lots of little bits to unwrap. Then they wake us up and they just go to town on the present opening. I do a lot of the cooking before Christmas but then I usually spend a lot of Christmas cooking too. All the smells, all of the mulled wine, all of the trimmings for the turkey –we like to have all the family around. It’s a very traditional Christmas.
Do you get your kids involved in the cooking? My kids are very involved in the kitchen with me, especially my son. He loves to cook and he’s very engaged when we do it – he has a lot of patience for it, it’s very cute. He helps me measure and he cracks eggs perfectly, he’s very good.
What’s your happiest memory from Christmas growing up? I remember being probably about four years old and coming down and my presents were so tall, they were taller than I was. It was this incredible moment where Santa Claus had brought me all of these presents and it was the most astounding thing to have a mountain of presents that was taller than myself.
What’s your go-to Christmas party outfit? I always feel like I end up wearing something black. I have a number of black jumpsuits that are always very easy because then you don’t have to think about much else.
What about your make-up for Christmas day? I always think it’s a good idea to have a red lip at Christmas but I’m not very good at doing that so I usually just end up looking very natural.

+ CLICK HERE to read Gwynnie’s annual gift guide
{Source: InStyle / GOOP}


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