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Here's ho, ho, hoping we won't stuff up the perfect Christmas this year

Published 01/12/2013 | 02:30

Nostalgia-evoking: Christmas in 'Downton'
Nostalgia-evoking: Christmas in 'Downton'

It's not even December yet and already I'm stressed about Christmas. We're having 21 people for Christmas dinner. How many Brussels sprouts is that exactly?

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And the Chris Kindle list hasn't gone well either. We thought it would be nice if everyone brought a small present for someone, max value €20.

The pairings were compiled with utmost care. My daughter drew the names out of a hat. All we were missing was Marty Whelan and the man from KPMG. Then two guests asked to be taken off the list (they still want dinner, mind), throwing the whole process into confusion. If the pre-Christmas arrangements are this fraught, what will the day itself be like?

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