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In light of Sarah Palin’s decision to write a guide to Christmas this year, the Financial Times has come up with a festive spread of its own, featuring a colourful mix of tree, home and illuminated decorations.

Julie Hassan, senior buying agent at London department store Liberty, thinks the key themes will be fun and colourful. “A bright and playful scheme is set to cheer up the homes of many this Christmas,” she says. “Contrasting colours such as purple, yellow, pink and blue provide a cheerful alternative to the traditional red, green and gold.” Hassan also cites a trend for animal-themed baubles. “Fairytales and whimsical tree decorations will [allow] people to put a more personal stamp on their Christmas schemes this year.”

Christmas in the US will be a glitzy affair, according to Emily Hull-Martin, Bloomingdale’s fashion director for the home. “Gold is the hottest metallic finish at the moment in home decor, so we love mixing gold with rich reds for a luxe festive look,” she says. Elegant candlesticks and tea lights are also likely to be popular this year.

For those more interested in seasonal delicacies than decoration, there is always one of Palin’s festive recipes to try. Merry Christmoose Chilli, anyone? It’s made from caribou burgers . . .

Christmas bunting

Woodland wonder bunting, £8, johnlewis.com

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