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~ * How To Have The Perfect Christmas * ~
Good Housekeeping Magazine
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Good Housekeeping Magazine
Advantages: Christmassy! Tips! Articles!
Disadvantages: Too many recipies etc!
I love Christmas. It is definitely my favourite time of year. I always stock up on loads of Christmas DVDs, Christmas books and Christmas Cds during December. I love the whole idea of the perfect Christmas and so another thing which I buy loads of (and I mean loads) are magazines; I just can't resist when they all have Christmassy covers. So one magazine which I recently tried out for the first time, having being tempted by it's gorgeous Christmas cover was Good Housekeeping magazine.
Good Housekeeping is British magazine for women. It is published on a monthly basis and so there are twelve issues per year. The magazine currently costs £3.90.
I am going to review the December 2012 issue of Good Housekeeping. This issue has a lovely cover; it is red and really rich and luxurious looking. Nigella Lawson is the cover star and is posing all glamorous on the cover. The cover is very busy with titles such as; 'Party Glamour', 'Totally Traditional Stress-Free Feast (have a lie in!) and 'Nigella's Festive Plans'. So all in, this is what tempted me to buy this magazine.
The magazine is very classy and luxurious. I did at first think that the magazine was more of a 'middle-class' magazine as it very 'posh' and expensive looking. Although when looking at their fashion items featured apart from a £160 dress featured, the rest of the items seemed quite affordable with a pair of shoes costing just £13 which I Thought was good value. So perhaps the magazine isn't so 'posh' after all, especially when I read magazines such as Cosmopolitan which feature much more expensive items.
There are some adverts in this magazine. Such adverts include: Estee Lauder, Clinique, Dior, Jaeger and Laura Ashley. So expensive brands. But then there are also cheaper brands featured for items such as toothpaste and shampoo. There aren't too many adverts which is good as a lot of expensive magazines tend to fill the magazine with adverts.
I like magazines which involve the readers. I like the 'inbox' page which is a letter page. It is split into two with the first half titled 'we ask' where the magazine asks a question (this month's question is: what's your go-to outfit that makes you feel fabulous?' and then reader's give their answers. The second part of the page is where readers sends in their thoughts etc. I find this interesting as I like seeing what other 'real women' think etc.
I enjoyed the article; 'The Best Year of Our Lives' as it featured real-life stories from celebrities such as Victoria Pendleton (the Olympic Cyclist) and Tamzin Outhwaite. I found it interesting to read about celebrities from their own points of view rather than the rubbish stories that tabloids print about them. So this article let them say the truth which was good.
The cover star of this issue is Nigella Lawson and so there is a few pages dedicated to her in this issue; mainly consisting of an interview. I thoroughly enjoyed this part and I mean who doesn't want to be a domestic goddess like Nigella, especially at Christmas time? To me Nigella is perfect so I especially enjoyed reading about how she is going to spend Christmas and of her Christmas traditions etc. She is a great role model and I even managed to pick up a few tips along the way!
I also really enjoyed the section on 'inspiring women'. which featured their real life stories and how they have faced tough times and come out the other end smiling. Christmas is a time to think about our armed forces and the brave soldiers who will be spending their Christmas in Afghanistan. I found it really touching reading the stories of five women who are members of the armed forced; some of them who were heading off to Afghanistan over Christmas after the interviews took place. I found this to be quite an emotional read.
There is a fictional story in this issue called 'The Ghost of Christmas Present'. To be honest, I didn't really enjoy this story as I didn't really get it, but mainly because when I am reading a non-fictional magazine, I don't want to suddenly read a fictional story of two pages and then go straight back into the non-fictional magazine. So I didn't really like the story because of this as I wasn't in a 'fictional' mood. Although others may like this part of the magazine.
Celebrities play a small part in this magazine. One section is where celebrities such as Lorraine Kelly and Judy Finnigan as well as a few other celebrities tell us about the books that they will be reading and giving this Christmas. I thought that this was an interesting way to inform readers of any new books.
Another article which I enjoyed was 'Secrets of Team Mistletoe' which gave advice on tips on how to overcome certain issues over the festive period, such as children saying they are bored and arguments over 'how much did you spend?!!!'. So certainly useful tips which will help everyone.
There was also another article which I found amusing. Here, celebrities gave their views on the tradition of sending Christmas cards; should we still do it, or send emails etc instead. It was interesting to learn the different celebrities' views. I was actually really surprised to see that Lynda Bellingham sends around 350 Christmas cards each year! I thought 'wow that must be nice receiving lots of Christmas cards'.
In this issue there was a 'Tried & Tested' article which took up quite a few pages. Here they mentioned certain Christmassy things they had tried out (turkeys, cranberry sauce, champagne, Christmas trees etc.) and said which ones were the best. This didn't really interest me, neither did the numerous pages of Christmas recipes for Christmas day. I'm not cooking the Christmas Lunch this year and so it didn't really interest me. Although, I am probably in the minority as a lot of readers will probably enjoy this section and trying out all the different recipes and tips etc.
'Peace and Joy' was another good article with some great tips on how to relax during the Christmas period, especially when you are stressed. Other articles included 'A-Z of Glamour' which didn't really interest me. I think that these kind of articles are just sneaky ways of advertising certain beauty products etc and obviously different things suit different people. So I skipped these pages.
I found that as the magazine went on, I seemed to lose interest a little bit. Especially as the second half of the magazine seems to be all fashion (again something I'm not overly interested in - I much rather shop in store, than flick through a magazine looking for things to buy) and cooking (a large portion of the magazine is all food recipes (I'm not sure if this is the same in all issues or just because it is Christmas). There is also lots of 'Christmas decorating ideas' in this magazine, although I already have all my Christmas decorations and so don't really need all these ideas etc. I think that this is good if you have just bought a new house and are looking for different ways and inspiration on how to decorate your house etc. Although if like me you tend to pull out the same decorations year after year then this probably won't interest you. I will admit, I did find the pictures interesting to look at.
The last part of the magazine features pages and pages of adverts which don't really appeal to me. I did read my horoscope though and skipped the travel pages. I did enjoy the last page which was a column by Sandi Toksvig and though that this was a nice way to end the magazine.
The magazine cost me £3.90 which I do think is very expensive, although as it is Christmas I couldn't resist treating myself. It is an interesting magazine, although I am not sure if I will be buying it again. I liked it, but more as an occasion treat for myself rather than buying it every issue. I would definitely recommend this magazine though. I think that if you are a homely person and love being a domestic goddess, then you will love this magazine.
Thanks for reading and Merry Christmas to you!
Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x
Summary: A nice Christmassy read!