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This week's Conversation Series post detailed how much I adore Christmas. It also revealed that it never used to be this way - and that the festive season used to stress me out like you wouldn't believe (you can read the full post here).Part of that stress was due to Christmas shopping; not knowing what to get, going into stores without a game plan or budget, and having to end up stuck at the shops on Christmas Eve.

About this time of the year, each year, I start nesting. You know how pregnant women tend to do that when the baby is about to arrive? I do it about six weeks before Christmas hits.As an absolute festive nutter, Christmas ideas start bubbling away early November, as I think about how I'll decorate my apartment for the silly season.

Deborah Hutton is so much more than a well-known media personality. She's also a TV presenter, former mag editor and designer of her own homewares range. Oh, and let me not forget to mention her hugely popular website, Balance by Deborah Hutton.Who better to turn to for advice on making entertaining at home a breeze than this lovely lady?