100 days to hunt down the perfect Christmas tree

Ealing Times: BCTGA Decorated Tree

With Christmas just 100 days away, it’s time for families to get their festive planning underway and think about the centrepiece to their home – the Christmas tree.

Fashion

Ealing Times: Ben De Lisi – satin ruffle front bandeau dress, £140 and sweetheart bag for a splash of colour, £30. Picture: Debenhams

IT’S PARTY time, and you don’t have a thing to wear. Well, that’s not strictly true, but you fancy something new. Here’s some inspiration for you. Check the dress code and the venue for the party, to ensure you choose an appropriate outfit. Find out whether it’s to be festive, smart casual, lounge or cocktail.

Festive fashion fun

Ealing Times: Looking lacy with a delicate dress

You know what’s expected but you’re not quite sure you want to deliver... yes, it’s ‘little black number with sparkly accessories’ time.

Trees to please

Ealing Times: Artificial trees look just as good if dressed properly

It’s the one tree you don’t want to hug, even if that is your thing. A prickly presence in the corner of your living room for four or five weeks, and then a reluctant recluse in the garden as you seek to hang on to it for next year.

e-Bay offloads put Del Boy out of business

Ealing Times: Quick and easy on-line sales – but even Del Boy wouldn’t buy some of them

If you have nothing better to do on Boxing Day, you could do worse than go on-line and key in a search using the words ‘Unwanted’ – ‘Christmas’ – and ‘Gift’.

Top Twenty money-saving tips for Christmas

Ealing Times: With a little creativity you can save in all sorts of ways, starting with wrapping and tying

It is recognised that most families spend far too much money on Christmas, so here are 20 ways to make the family budget go further this time. You will probably end up enjoying Christmas more, too, with the worry of cost reduced considerably.



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