The Really Clever Christmas Guide

Christmas is a time for fun with family and friends and Westinghouse has teamed up with Julie Goodwin, from Julies Place, and Morrison Polkinghorne to bring you a selection of tips to maximise your time together and reduce unnecessary stresses.

Julie Tip, "Don't be a slave"

If you don’t want to slave over a hot stove in the middle of summer – don’t do it! A stunning glazed ham (done a day or two before Christmas), some cold seafood, beautiful salads and a lovely chilled dessert are a true reflection of our Aussie summer Christmas.

Morrison Tip, "The world is your wrapper"

If you’re not one for tradition and you are after a more cosmopolitan feel, bring back a local newspaper when you’re travelling overseas to wrap your gifts.

Christmas Gingerbread

3 cups plain flour

1 1/2 cups caster sugar

1 tablespoon ground ginger

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon bicarb soda

200g butter, melted

1 tablespoon golden syrup

1 egg, lightly beaten


Preheat oven to 180C

Step 1 – Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Step 2 – Combine wet ingredients in a small bowl. Stir the wet into the dry ingredients.

Step 3 – Wrap in glad wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes

Step 4 – Roll dough out between two sheets of baking paper to a thickness of about 3mm.

Step 5 – Cut out with Christmas – shaped cookie cutters and lift with a palette knife onto lined baking trays..

Step 6 – Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Biscuits must be completely cool before icing.

Morrison Tip "DIY"

The finishing touches really make a beautifully wrapped present stand out. If you can’t find any ribbon, make your own decorative string by twisting colourful twines together. These little handmade touches stand out a mile and creating something bespoke is the most generous and beautiful gift you can give.

Julie Tip "Remember to relax and enjoy the day"

Christmas is about being with the people you love, not about perfection. It’s about celebrating a special time of year and reflecting on the importance of family and friends in our lives. Food disaster on Christmas day? Just a funny story for next year. Forget perfection, be happy and have a joyful and fun-filled Christmas

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